Domestic abuse is a significant problem in New York and across the United States. There exists an increasing number of population-based survey studies that support the proposition that domestic violence among adults many times develops and has its genesis in previous experiences. A particular focus of these surveys has been on experiences during adolescence and the impact they have later in a person’s life.

Legal definition of domestic violence

The United States Department of Justice defines domestic violence as a pattern or practice of abusive conduct or behavior in a relationship involving an intimate partner. The DOJ further observes that abuse can be physical, sexual or emotional. The intent behind the abuse oftentimes is to gain or maintain control over that intimate partner.

Genesis of domestic violence in adolescence

A growing number of population-based surveys are underscoring a notable incidence of relation or intimate partner violence among adolescents. The exposure of people of both sexes to relationship violence during adolescence can impact their psychological wellness and social wellbeing.

Common risk factors for violence in adolescent relationships

There are a number of common risk factors associated with violence in adolescent relationships. These factors, and the violence that occurs during this period of a young person’s life, are thought to be formational elements contributing to domestic violence among adults.

Domestic violence can result in the decision to end a marriage. When that happens, an immediate step that oftentimes is taken is appropriate protection from abuse or a restraining order to protect the welfare of the target of domestic violence. Such an order ultimately may become a part of the final divorce decree in a particular situation, depending on the facts and circumstances of a particular marriage dissolution case.