domestic violence

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domestic violence

n.
Physical or emotional abuse of a household member, especially one's spouse or domestic partner.

domes′tic vi′olence


n.
acts of violence against a member of one's immediate family, esp. in the home.
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Noun1.domestic violence - violence or physical abuse directed toward your spouse or domestic partnerdomestic violence - violence or physical abuse directed toward your spouse or domestic partner; usually violence by men against women
violence, force - an act of aggression (as one against a person who resists); "he may accomplish by craft in the long run what he cannot do by force and violence in the short one"
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From a poem titled "Ashes in an urn," by an anonymous spousal abuser
And her maternal grandfather, theoretically present in her mother's life, was a spousal abuser and a suspected child molester who died in bed with another woman.
The Legislature must create a statutory presumption against awarding a spousal abuser custody of a child.
Just like a classic spousal abuser, Mike Harris felt the need to blame the victim, castigating Coach House's president Margaret McClintock for her lack of financial acumen in light of the fiscal responsibilities that all Ontarians have to face up to in the 1990s.
Encourage the less dangerous spousal abuser to seek counselling or other rehabilitation without reference to the criminal process (many of these newly identified offenders would not have been discovered in earlier times).
To add further unneeded weight to the parents' culpability, he makes Thomas' father a spousal abuser while his mother is the ultimate Queen of Denial.