Domestic Violence, verbal or physical abuse of one member of a household by another. Many abusers were themselves abused as children. Without the help of counseling or intervention, abuse can be passed on from generation to generation. Domestic violence is seldom reported to the police, and thus often goes uncorrected.

During the 1980's, many states enacted domestic violence laws that provide the means for keeping abusers away from their victims. Temporary residences (called shelters), counseling centers, and support groups have been established. Several private organizations, including the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and local governmental agencies provide shelters for abused women and their children and furnish other services for victims of domestic violence.