Physical violence occurs in a significant number of intimate and family relationships.
Physical violence is NEVER acceptable as a response to conflict or provocation.
Physical violence in intimate and family relationships is now considered a serious offence.
Once physical violence occurs in a relationship, it can easily become a pattern. It often becomes more frequent, and usually becomes more serious the longer the relationship continues. It can ultimately lead to serious injury, or even death. It also leads to significant emotional damage. Violence in an intimate or family relationship is a sign that something is wrong. It should be taken seriously and assistance needs to be sought.