Domestic violence, now often referred to as intimate partner violence, is an epidemic in America. The latest National Crime Victimization Survey identified more than 960,000 incidents of violence against a current or former spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend occur every year in America alone (Willson et al, 2000). About 85 percent of victims are women. Although women are less likely overall to be a victim of violent crime, they are 8 times more likely than men to suffer violence at the hands of an intimate partner.
One definition ("Domestic Violence Facts Sheet") of "battering" describes this behavior as the "�establishment of control and fear in a relationship through violence and other