What is the definition of domestic abuse?
Domestic abuse between spouses or intimate partners is when one person in the relationship tries to control the other person.
The perpetrator uses fear and intimidation and may threaten to or actually use physical violence. Domestic abuse that includes physical violence is called domestic violence.
Domestic abuse and alcoholism / addiction often go hand-in-hand.
The victim of domestic abuse or domestic violence may be a man or a woman.
Domestic abuse occurs in traditional heterosexual marriages, as well as in same-sex partnerships.
The abuse may occur during a relationship, while the couple is breaking up, or after the relationship has ended.
The key elements of domestic abuse are:
- Physical injury
Domestic abuse often escalates from threats and verbal abuse to physical violence. Domestic violence may even end up in murder.
What are the types of domestic abuse?
The types of domestic abuse are:
- Physical abuse (domestic violence)
- Verbal or nonverbal abuse (psychological, mental, or emotional abuse)
- Sexual abuse
- Stalking or cyberstalking
- Economic abuse or financial abuse
- Spiritual abuse
The divisions between these types of domestic abuse are somewhat fluid, but there is a strong differentiation between the various forms of physical abuse and the various types of verbal and nonverbal abuse.