Domestic violence is a pattern of abuse or aggression among people living in the same home. This could be a family member, your spouse, or your roommate. One form of domestic violence is intimate partner violence (IPV). The abuser's primary goal is to gain and maintain control over the victim.
When people think of domestic violence, they often connect it with physical abuse. Although, domestic violence can take on various forms. Some types of abuse are harder to see than others.
The most important step when leaving an abuser is to set up a safety plan so that you and others living in the house is protected. Immediately CALL 911 if you are suffering abuse by a member of your family or a partner.
If your abuser refuses to leave you alone, you can file a petition for a restraining order. A restraining order is a court order that prevents your abuser from contacting you and coming near you.