What is domestic violence?
Domestic Violence – violent or aggressive behavior within the home, typically involving the violent abuse of a spouse or partner.
Domestic violence is a reality that exists in every community across the United States. One in three women report being physically or sexually abused by a husband or boyfriend at some point in their lives. Domestic violence does not discriminate, it affects all cultures, religions, ethnic groups, and socio-economic sectors.
It is a common misconception that domestic violence is only physical abuse. That is just one form of control. Emotional, sexual, and psychological abuse can be equally or more damaging.
Many abusers behave in ways that include more than one type of domestic abuse and the boundaries between some of these behaviors may overlap. There are four different types of domestic abuse including:
- Emotional / Psychological
Emotional or Psychological Abuse – can be verbal or nonverbal. Its aim is to chip away at your feelings of self-worth. Emotional abuse includes verbal abuse such as yelling, name-calling, blaming and intimidation.
Physical Abuse – is the use of physical force. Physical abuse includes hitting, grabbing, choking, throwing things and assault with a weapon.
Sexual Abuse – is forced, manipulated or coerced sexual contact. It includes rape, child sexual abuse, same-sex assault, acquaintance rape, harassment and marital rape.
Economic or Financial Abuse – includes:
- Controlling Finances
- Withholding Money
- Giving an “Allowance”
- Making the victim account for every penny spent
- Stealing from victim
- Preventing victim from working
- Sabotaging victim’s job (making him/her miss work, calling constantly, etc.)