Domestic violence is as timeless as history. Rape and other forms of sexual exploitation have historically been used as a way of demoralizing groups of people.

Domestic abuse has far reaching health consequences. According to research findings, some 25-50% of homeless families have lost their homes as a result of intimate partner abuse. The victimization is also associated with nearly some $6 billion in health-car costs and lost work productivity per year. Although psychological abuse can be harder to define than overt physical abuse, it has been discovered to cause as much harm.

Spousal abuse of pregnant women has been linked to preterm deliveries of low-birth-weight babies. Domestic spousal abuse places children of the couple at risk for lower intellectual functioning, becoming victims of child abuse as children, and of spousal violence as adults. This variety of family violence places children at higher risk of manifesting emotional problems and engaging in drug abuse.