Unfortunately, domestic violence cases are not uncommon. About 15% of all violent crimes involve intimate partners, and nearly one in four women will experience severe physical harm from an intimate partner.
In addition to threatening an individual’s physical safety, an abusive partner can leave a lasting psychological impact on victims as well as any children of the relationship. One of the most detrimental effects of abuse can be a feeling of overwhelming helplessness. These feelings can often keep victims from leaving the abusive cycle.