What STANDING FIRM calls “partner violence” is more commonly known as “domestic violence.” We use the term partner violence (PV) to help employers understand that PV is not just a “domestic” issue, or something that only affects people’s lives at home. When employees are PV victims or perpetrators, this problem walks in the door at your workplace with them.
Partner violence and abuse are behaviors in a relationship that one partner uses for the purpose of developing and maintaining control over the other partner. Partners may be married or not married; heterosexual, gay, lesbian, or transgender; living together, separated or dating. Ex-partners may continue to be violent or abusive long after victims have ended the relationship.