Domestic violence is a pattern of assaultive and coercive behaviors that adults or adolescents use against their intimate partners.
The abused woman looks just like the non-abused woman. Domestic violence crosses all racial, social, religious, cultural, and economic lines. Therefore, abuse of women spans across the full spectrum of womanhood. The abused woman can be your mother, sister, niece, or best friend. She can be a homemaker, CEO, pastor, teacher, or your manicurist.
Here, we will often use the terms “she” or “her” in reference to victims of abuse, but domestic violence is not limited to women and children alone. Men can also be victims of domestic violence perpetrated by their wives or girlfriends. The Covenant church recognizes that abuse must not be seen as a male or female problem, but rather a human problem.