Family Law: Understanding 5 Different Types of Domestic Violence
According to the U.S. Surgeon General, domestic violence has quickly become one of the number one concerns of the U.S. today. Many victims and instigators of domestic violence alike, do not even realize that what they are doing is a crime. Domestic violence can occur between spouses, with children, or between people who are dating.
Domestic violence can take the form of several different kinds of abuses including:
- Sexual: This occurs when the abuser forces the victim to engage in sexual behavior against their will. Some examples include physical violence with forced sex, marital rape, sexually belittling the victim, and making sexual jokes about the victim.
- Physical: Physical abuse covers a wide range of behavior including biting, slapping, burning, and cutting. An abuser that forces their victim to use drugs or refuses to provide them with medical attention when needed, are also forms of physical abuse.
- Psychological: This type of abuse occurs when the abuser uses intimidation to incite fear in his/her victims. This could mean threatening to hurt themselves, a member of the family, or even the pet. Psychological abuse also includes making threats to harm a victim or various types of stalking.
- Emotional: When an abuser uses emotional abuse they attack the victim’s self-esteem in order to keep them in line. This includes name-calling and relentless criticism.
- Financial: Financial abuse occurs when an abuser uses money to maintain control over their victims, such as refusing to let them go to school or work, or have access to money at all.