Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is everyone’s responsibility. It is a gendered crime – with an unequal impact on girls and women. We need to work together to create healthy relationships based on equality, trust, and respect, and compassionate communities where abuse is never learned or tolerated.

Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in a relationship used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over the other partner. Domestic violence can be actions or threats of actions that influence or control another person’s behavior and decisions and are meant to intimidate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, coerce, blame, or injure.

Idaho Risk of Dangerousness in Domestic Violence

There are indicators of future risk of harm as well as the italicized indicators of lethality. If you or someone you know is experiencing one or more of the following, contact law enforcement or a local domestic violence program.

  • History of Domestic Violence
    • Strangulation
    • Forced sex
  • Separation
    • Recent Separation
  • Prior Police Contact
  • Threats to Kill Victim and/or the Children
  • Threats to Kill Themselves
  • Coercive/Controlling Behavior
    • Extreme Possessiveness
  • Alcohol or Drug Abuse

Click the following for the Idaho Law Enforcement Domestic Violence Supplemental Form and research supporting the Idaho Risk Assessment of Dangerousness.

Building Capacity

  • Learning Communities
    • Domestic Violence Programs
    • Mental Health Counselors
    • Criminal Justice System
  • Capacity Building Trainings

Find Help

Connect with a domestic violence program near you, learn your options, or to help a friend, family member, neighbor or co-worker.

Or call one of these 24 hr., free, confidential assistance numbers:

  • National Domestic Violence Hotline
    1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
    1-800-787-3224 (TTY line for deaf/hearing impaired)24 hr., free, confidential assistance
  • Idaho Domestic Violence Hotline


A Typology of Domestic Violence: Intimate Terrorism, Violent Resistance, and Situational Couple Violence, Michael P. Johnson (2008)