chapter  2
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What is Domestic Violence?

The behaviour that is commonly called domestic violence can take on a variety of different aspects. It can be physical assault, sexual abuse, threats of either, or psychological abuse. It usually continues for years before the victims take action (if they do) and, on some occasions, it results in the death of either the victim or the perpetrator. It is not confined to anyone socio-economic group nor can it be said that it is caused by anyone factor. Furthermore, its practice is extensive. It is necessary to look at some of the manifestations of violence within what should be a loving relationship to fully understand the horror to which victims are subjected and the need for adequate protection to be provided by both the civil and the criminal justice systems.