Basic definition of domestic violence is a pattern of behaviour in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. Most common form of domestic violence is physical abuse, which can include actions such as pushing, restraining, slapping/punching, kicking, scratching, etc. Emotional Abuse: Typically, emotional abuse begins verbally. Abusers use it as a tool to belittle and humiliate their victims. Their goal is to make their partner feel worthless. All cases are kept confidential unless the victim permits disclosure. FIAWA’s Domestic Violence Team is led by Sonal Bhushan and Balli Singh.