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What is Battering?

It is a system of coercive behavior that uses fear and intimidation to gain and sustain power over a woman and coerce her into behaving as the batterer wishes. 

It includes:

  • Physical violence ranging from a push or slap to murder. 

  • Verbal or emotional abuse; threats; destruction of objects or harm to those people and things important to the woman. 

  • Verbal, physical or sexual abuse. 

  • Intimidation; isolating the victim from friends and family; keeping the victim dependent through control of the family finances.