Responders see a wide variety of difficult scenes, and interact with challenging situations on a regular basis. There is something unique, though, about domestic cruelty. Responders can develop a cynical or calloused view of some of these situations, as they see the recipient of the cruelty not do anything to protect themselves, or return to situations they briefly deem dangerous or unbearable. On the flip side, these situations can hit a responder right in the heart, causing an emotionally challenging reaction that may make it hard to walk away and not be affected long-term. Responding to domestic cruelty can cause short-term, long-term, and cumulative trauma. This class seeks to explain the reactions and responses that may occur, as well as explain the domestic situations that house the cruelty. Warning: may trigger trauma responses.