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Domestic violence is defined as abuse by one partner against the other in a marriage or other intimate relationship. Pushing, shoving, hitting, sexual assault, and other forms of physical attack are all forms of domestic abuse; so are stalking, intimidation, isolating a partner from others, withholding money, and emotional abuse of all kinds.
Divorce can be a triggering event for domestic violence. In fact, the danger of serious violence is at its highest point when a person acts on a decision to leave an abusive relationship. Learn more here about how to be as safe as you can when you leave an abusive relationship, about restraining orders, and about divorce and domestic violence.