Police typically view these calls as dangerous, partly because old research exaggerated the risks to police.
Domestic violence is but one aspect of the larger set of problems related to family violence.
Domestic violence can take a number of forms, including physical, verbal, emotional, economic, religious, reproductive, and sexual abuse, which can range from subtle, coercive forms to marital rape and to violent physical abuse such as choking, beating, female genital mutilation and acid throwing that results in disfigurement or death.
Domestic violence can take place in heterosexual and same-sex family relationships, and can involve violence against children and the elderly.It is also known as domestic abuse, spousal abuse, battering, family violence, and intimate partner violence (IPV). The following table includes the forms of violence typically defined as part of Intimate partner violence, which is domestic violence in an intimate relationship by one's spouse or lover.It also includes a column for other family members or partners.Related problems not directly addressed in this guide, each of which requires separate analysis, include: † Much of the recent research about domestic violence refers to the problem as “intimate partner violence.” Mostly this guide keeps to the term domestic violence, not because it is more accurate, but simply because it is still so widely used by police. "Domestic Violence in Australia—an Overview of the Issues, E-Brief." Available at gov.au/library/intguide/SP/Dom_violence. Charlotte-Mecklenburg (North Carolina) Police Department (2002). "Baker One Domestic Violence Intervention Project: Improving Response to Chronic Domestic Violence Victims." Finalist for the Herman Goldstein Award for Excellence in Problem-Oriented Policing. Also in this guide, the term domestic violence is intended to include violence perpetrated by current and former intimates or dating partners, including those of the opposite or same sex. 922(g) and (n), 27 CFR 178.32(a) and (b), and 924(a)(24). Thousand Oaks, London, and New Delhi: SAGE Publications. Also spelled "honour killing" (American and British spelling differences).