domestic violence

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domestic violence

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