Domestic abuse is a pattern of behavior which involves violence or other abuse by one person against another in a domestic setting, such as in marriage or cohabitation.
One misconception is that domestic abuse only occurs between partners (i.e., couples). There can be violence and abuse between siblings, children and parents, or even between a caretaker and the person in need of care. Victims are encouraged to make a report to the authorities or seek professional help if they have been:
Mental health professionals are able to provide psychological and behaviors health evaluations that include educating the individual about risk factors, having a safety plan, and assessing community supports for individual and family safety.