Domestic violence persists in every country in the world, and it spans educational, economic, and cultural divisions.
     There are many types of domestic abuse: it may be physical, emotional, financial or sexual, but the abuse usually follows an escalating pattern in which the controlling behaviors intensify over time.  Many abusers behave in ways that include more than one type of domestic violence, and the boundaries between some of these actions are often quite blurred.
      Children and youth who are abused and exposed to violence, experience emotional, mental and social damage that can affect their developmental growth.