Also referred to as intimate partner violence, domestic violence affects 1 in 4 women across the country. Used as a tool for coercion to exude power and control from one intimate partner to another, domestic violence can affect anyone regardless of race or socioeconomic status – including children. Nationally, an estimated 3.3 million children are exposed to domestic violence every year. Children who grow up witnessing domestic violence are 3 times more likely than their peers to engage in violent behavior, be in an abusive intimate partner relationship or continue the cycle of violence for the next generation. Plaguing our nation, it is crucial to understand the root causes of intimate partner violence to prevent and bring an end to this nation-wide epidemic.