Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is defined as abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain control over the other partner. This can be done using any of the following actions to influence the other person:

  • Physical
  • Sexual
  • Emotional
  • Economic
  • Psychological

Each type of action is further described below:

Physical Abuse: Hitting, shoving, biting, pinching, grabbing, etc. are all included along with the denial of medical care and forcing alcohol and/or drug use.

Sexual Abuse: Forcing or attempting to force any sexual conduct or behavior without consent. This includes marital rape.

Emotional Abuse: Any abuse that undermines an individual’s sense of self-worth/self-esteem. This can include but is not limited to ongoing criticism, name-calling, diminishing one’s abilities, etc.

Economic Abuse: Making and/or attempting to make a person financially dependent upon the abuser. Including withholding access to money/financial resources or denying employment of an individual.

Psychological Abuse: Elements include but are not limited to fear through intimidation, threats of physical harm to individual, abuser, children or family and friends, etc.

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