Conjugal violence is always exercised in the context of an intimate relationship, whether past or present.

Conjugal violence is a way to control another person and not the result of a loss of self-control.

The perpetrator uses several strategies in order to dominate his victim and make sure she does not leave him.


Conjugal violence is maintained by

  • A gendered socialization;
  • Socially accepted justifications, that allow perpetrators to transfer accountability of their violence onto the shoulders of the women who are their victims;
  • Reactions of tolerance by society;
  • The absence of intervention for a large number of women and children who are victims of conjugal violence.