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Definition Of The Problem:

Battering is a pattern of coercive control that one person exercises over another. Abusers use physical and sexual violence, threats, emotional insults and economic deprivation as a way to dominate their partners and get their way. Relationships in which one partner uses assault and coercion can be found amoung married and unmarried heterosexuals, lesbians and gay males.

Battering is a behavior that physically harms, arouses fear, prevents a woman from doing what she wishes or forces her to behave in ways she does not want to.

The statistics clearly indicate that battering is too common to be considered an emotioal illness.

    - Susan Schechter, in Guidelines for Mental Health Practitioners in Domestic Violence Cases, 1987