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What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors used to gain power and control over a dating partner, spouse or relative. It is not an isolated incident and can include verbal, emotional, psychological, sexual, economic, or physical forms of abuse such as: threats, slapping, choking, name calling, insulting, rape, blaming the survivor for abuse or controlling money.


Of Asian women report experiencing intimate physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner during her lifetime


of women were abused by their in-laws in an anonymous survey of A/PI survivors in Washington, DC



were the top three trends in abuse among Asian women

women have experienced physical violence by an intimate partner

1 in 3

men have experienced physical violence by an intimate partner

1 in 4

of transgender persons experience intimate partner violence in their lifetime


Decolonizing our Understanding of Domestic Violence

Healthy Relationships

All relationships have various power dynamics. Healthy relationships involve shared power and no one person has all of the power, all of the time.

Healthy relationships can involve things like:

  • Open communication

  • Respect for boundaries

  • Shared responsibility

  • Trust and support

  • Negotiation and fairness

  • Honesty and accountability

It’s important for all of us to think about healthy relationships and what we want in a relationship with a partner, friend, family member and ourselves. Complete this healthy relationship exercise to get started.



[1] API GBV –
[2] Ibid.
[3]  Ibid.
[4] National Coalition Against Domestic Violence –
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[8] DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence
[9] NCADV –
[10] Ibid.

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