There are a number of ways in which a spouse or partner may be abused by someone they care about, and they all fall under the general heading of domestic violence. This is a problem in Pennsylvania just as much as anywhere else, and partners or spouses who have been subjected to such treatment often wonder whether what they experienced was domestic violence if there was no physical injury involved.
Many Pennsylvania households are annually affected by domestic violence. Victims are sometimes forced to flee from their homes to escape from abuse only to see their abuser's violence escalate.
Pennsylvania residents may be aware that the federal government has enacted various programs and initiatives to protect victims of domestic abuse over the past decades. Although a few states had previous laws in place to address the problem, it was not until the late 20th century that issues regarding domestic violence began to gain attention.