Domestic violence is one of the most under-reported crimes, whether the perpetrator is male or female.
Domestic violence is the wilful intimidation, emotional abuse, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behaviour perpetrated by an intimate partner against another.
It is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, nationality or educational background.
Violence against women is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behaviour, and thus is part of a systematic pattern of dominance and control. The consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and last a lifetime.
Only approximately one-quarter of all physical assaults, one-fifth of all rapes, and one-half of all stalking perpetuated against females by intimate partners are reported to the police
Domestic violence should not happen to anybody. But it does - and when it does, there is help. Maybe you have lived with abuse, maybe it happened just once; maybe you work or live next to someone who is being abused right now. Whoever you are, counselling can help and there are agencies out there that can also help you.
You just need to remember two things: first, abuse is never okay; second, you are not alone. One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.