Partner violence, also known as domestic violence, takes place between two persons who are involved in a romantic relationship. The elements of partner violence are many and involve both overt and subtle actions. Partner violence can include incidents of slapping, hitting, punching, kicking, choking, smothering, threatening, humiliating, derogatory or denigrating remarks, destruction of personal property, rape, withholding of money, food, or other resources, etc. Partner violence can be perpetrated by both men and women and can result in injury, emotional distress, hospitalization, and death.
The violent and personal nature of partner violence can result in symptoms associated with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). These symptoms may impact the victimís ability to trust others, trust him or herself, engage in intimate relationships, work, etc. The Center for Traumatic Stress Research can help survivors of partner violence recover from its effects by teaching them skills which will help alleviate the symptoms of PTSD.
Other resources available on the web include:
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Internet Resources on Domestic Violence
Essential Information on Abuse, Assault, and Domestic Violence
Gay/Lesbian Domestic Violence
Governor's Office of Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Services
National Center for PTSD (NCP)