What is Domestic Violence?


 Domestic Violence is a set of behaviors used by one person in a relationship to control the other, and can happen all the time or once in a while. It  is used interchangeably with intimate partner violence. It can incorporate many types of abuse like emotional, physical, sexual and economical. Partners may be married or not married, of any sexual orientation; living together, seperated, or dating. Many abusers often utilize more than one type of abuse. The boundaries between some of these behaviors may overlap. 

Who are the Victims of Domestic Violence?
ANYONE CAN BE A VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE! They may be of any age, sex, race, culture, religion, education, employment or marital status. It is a problem that impacts not just individuals, but entire  communities across the globe.

Emotional or Psycological Abuse


Emotional abuse can be verbal or nonverbal. Its aim is to chip away at your feelings of self-worth and independence. If you’re the victim of emotional abuse, you may feel that there is no way out of the relationship, or that without your abusive partner you have nothing.

Isolation, intimidation, and controlling behavior also fall under emotional abuse. Additionally, abusers who use emotional or psychological abuse often throw in threats of physical violence.
You may think that physical abuse is far worse than emotional abuse, since physical violence can send you to the hospital and leave you with scars. But, the scars of emotional abuse are very real, and they run deep. In fact, emotional abuse can be just as damaging as physical abuse—sometimes even more so. Furthermore, emotional abuse usually worsens over time, often escalating to physical battery.

Physical Abuse

Throwing Things
Assault with a Weapon

When people talk about domestic violence, they are often referring to the physical abuse of a spouse or intimate partner. Physical abuse is the use of physical force against someone in a way that injures or endangers that person. There’s a broad range of behaviors that come under the heading (umbrella) of physical abuse.

Sexual Abuse


Sexual abuse is common in abusive relationships.  Any situation in which you are forced to participate in unwanted, unsafe, or degrading sexual activity is sexual abuse. Forced sex, even by a spouse or intimate partner with whom you also have consensual sex, is an act of aggression and violence. Furthermore, women whose partners abuse them physically and sexually are at a higher risk of being seriously injured or killed.

Economic or Financial Abuse

Withholding money

Remember, an abuser’s goal is to control you, and they will frequently hurt you to do that. In addition to hurting you emotionally and physically, an abusive partner may also hurt you in the pocketbook.
Economic of (or) financial abuse includes:
  • Controlling the finances.
  • Withholding money or credit cards.
  • Giving you an allowance.
  • Making you account for every penny you spend.
  • Stealing from you or taking your money.
  • Exploiting your assets for personal gain.
  • Withholding basic necessities (food, clothes, medications, shelter).
  • Preventing you from working or choosing your own career.
  • Sabotaging your job (making you miss work, calling constantly)