The paper examines domestic violence victims and provides a modern, multifaceted explanation of why it happens. The concerns for women as victims, men as offenders, and the environment that sustains them are the key topics of discussion. In order to help therapists retain their observations of such violence within a wider perspective, references to specific publications from the body of research on violence in same-sex relationships are also provided. This papers provide information on understanding of the major concerns in domestic violence. Additionally, domestic violence is acknowledged and heightened awareness of it in relation to other presenting issues is urged for therapists dealing with couples.