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What is the Definition of Domestic Violence?

 

The prevalence of   domestic violence    is arguably one of the top health concerns in the country. Understanding its definition can help you to   take more effective action  against its many manifestations of abuse. In some cases, abusers may not even realize that they're inflicting domestic violence on someone else. On the flipside, victims may not take action against their abusers if they don't realize that the behavior they're experiencing is indeed domestic violence.

Also important is that friends and loved ones of victims are in a better place to help if they understand what domestic violence looks like. Therefore, it's important that people understand the definition of domestic violence and the   many forms  it can take.

Definition of Domestic Violence: Types of Abuse !!

According to the United States Department of Justice   Office on Violence Against Women, the definition of domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain control over another intimate partner. Many types of abuse are included in the definition of domestic violence:

  • Physical abuse  can include hitting, biting, slapping, battering, shoving, punching, pulling hair, burning, cutting, pinching, etc. (any type of violent behavior inflicted on the victim). Physical abuse also includes denying someone medical treatment and forcing drug/alcohol use on someone.

  • Sexual abuse  occurs when the abuser coerces or attempts to coerce the victim into having sexual contact or sexual behavior without the victim's consent. This often takes the form of marital rape, attacking sexual body parts, physical violence that is followed by forcing sex, sexually demeaning the victim, or even telling sexual jokes at the victim's expense.

  • Emotional abuse  involves invalidating or deflating the victim's sense of self-worth and/or self-esteem. Emotional abuse often takes the form of constant criticism, name-calling, injuring the victim's relationship with his/her children, or interfering with the victim's abilities.

  • Economic abuse  takes place when the abuser makes or tries to make the victim financially reliant. Economic abusers often seek to maintain total control over financial resources, withhold the victims access to funds, or prohibit the victim from going to school or work.

  • Psychological abuse  involves the abuser invoking fear through intimidation; threatening to physically hurt himself/herself, the victim, children, the victim's family or friends, or the pets; destruction of property; injuring the pets; isolating the victim from loved ones; and prohibiting the victim from going to school or work.

  • Threats  to hit, injure, or use a weapon are a form of psychological abuse.

  • Stalking  can include following the victim, spying, watching, harassing, showing up at the victim's home or work, sending gifts, collecting information, making phone calls, leaving written messages, or appearing at a person's home or workplace. These acts individually are typically legal, but any of these behaviors done continuously results in a   stalking crime.

  • Cyber stalking  refers to online action or repeated emailing that inflicts substantial emotional distress in the recipient.

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