Spring has sprung and love is in the air, at least in some places. Love is an interesting concept with almost as many different meanings as there are people in love. For some, love includes many different forms of abuse and domestic violence. I have had clients who do not think of themselves as abused until they start writing it down in a petition for a protective order; then they “see” it. Abuse and domestic violence is an insidious part of intimate relationships in many countries and ours is no exception. If domestic violence is part of your life, or that of someone you care about, keep reading. In the decades that I have practiced family law, I have learned that in the context of court litigation, domestic violence is generally of two kinds, situational and chronic.