It is important to understand what “domestic violence” means to know if you are a victim. Domestic
violence is typically not an isolated incident of abuse or name calling. Domestic Violence is the act of one
person exerting power and control over another within the framework of a relationship. It can be physical,
emotional/psychological, financial/economic, immigration related or sexual. The dynamics of power in such
relationships is not balanced. Therefore, one person has an advantage for a multitude of reasons, which may
include financial resources, gender roles and other cultural expectations.