Domestic violence used to be referred to as wife abuse.However, this term was abandoned when the definition of domestic violence changed to recognize that wives are not the only ones who can fall victim to domestic violence.
Assaults by romantic partners often aren't isolated events.
For example, they're more than twice as likely as others to consider suicide.
Boys who have faced dating violence are nearly four times as likely to have been bullied online; girls are more than twice as likely.
"It really has long-term impacts on a woman, and it takes a really long time to heal from."While still common, incidences of domestic violence, along with other crimes, have decreased significantly since the mid-'90s.
There's less social acceptance of it; women are more economically independent and mobile and therefore better able to leave; and there are more services for survivors, including Ray-Jones's hotline, which you can call at 1-800-799-7233 or find online (they also do live chats).