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English definition of “domestic violence”

domestic violence

noun [U] uk   us  
the situation in which someone you live with attacks you and tries to hurt you: victims of domestic violence domestic violence against womenPhysical and sexual assault and abductionSexual activity in general
(Definition of domestic violence from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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