MILWAUKEE -

The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee is comparing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's policies effecting women to a slap in language that evokes images of domestic violence.

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz says Walker, a Republican, has "given women the back of his hand."

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Wasserman Schultz made the remarks Wednesday in Milwaukee. Wasserman Schultz is a congresswoman from Florida.

Republican Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch says she was "shocked" to hear Wasserman Schultz use domestic violence language in discussing politics.

DNC spokeswoman Lily Adams says domestic violence is serious and Wasserman Schultz was not "belittling the very real pain survivors experience."

A spokeswoman for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke says Burke would not use that type of language and disagreements should be discussed "respectfully."