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Violence can be criminal and includes physical assault (hitting, pushing, shoving, etc.), sexual abuse (unwanted or forced sexual activity), and stalking.

Although emotional, psychological and financial abuse are not criminal behaviors, they are forms of abuse and can lead to criminal violence.

It is a system of behaviors used by one person to control another's actions and feelings.

An abuser uses physical and sexual abuse, or the fear of it, to get and maintain control over his partner.

Children in homes where there is domestic violence are more likely to be abused and/or neglected.

Most children in these homes know about the violence.

Children living with domestic violence suffer emotional and psychological trauma from the impact of living in a household that is dominated by tension and fear.

In research undertaken by the Australian Institute of Criminology 15 per cent of young people surveyed had experienced domestic violence and 32 per cent of young people knew someone who had experienced domestic violence (Children may be caught in the middle of an assault by accident or because the abuser intends it.

OPDV Summer 2017 Bulletin The OPDV Summer 2017 bulletin focuses on offender accountability.

Highlights include our feature article, “Broadening Our Lens: Abusive Partner Intervention Programs – New York State Guidelines,” and a Q&A with the coordinator of an abusive partner intervention program in New York City.

This issue also provides information about the New York State Fatality Review Team, the screening process for veterans at the Albany Stratton Veterans Affairs Medical Center, an important legislative update about translation of orders of protection, and information about several of OPDV’s most recently funded programs throughout the state.