According to a statute, Domestic Violence “is any act involving violence, force, or threat including, but not limited to, any forceful detention, which results in bodily injury or places one in reasonable apprehension of bodily injury and which is committed by a person against such person’s family or household member” (Virginia, Va. Code Ann. 20-124. 3). As covered by the definition, DV can be committed against any member of the family.
It could be committed against either of the couple by one or the other, therefore it is very important to determine who exactly is the perpetrator, since both parties could have committed the act of violence already in the past. In the fact sheets distributed by the Arizona government entity in the United States, profiles of the offenders or abusers, also called “batterers” are diverse.
They represent all socioeconomic and educational backgrounds, all ethnic groups and even basically all religious backgrounds. This implies that the issue is not confined to some areas of society or country of origin only. Hence the reason, some women become victimizers themselves. However, due to men’s physical constitution and their advantage over women, this is lends to the occurrence of men abusing or maltreating the women in their lives (www. supreme. state. az. us/CASA/prepare/violencetxt. html).