It takes a tremendous amount of courage for victims to speak about their domestic abuse. However, some stay silent because they do not notice the signs. Domestic violence covers a wide array of behaviors that enforces control and power over an intimate partner.
In addition to physical assault, it includes humiliation, manipulation, intimidation, isolation and coercion. You might be suffering in an abusive relationship without knowing it. Here are 6 forms of domestic violence:
- Physical: Any physical attack, such as punching, slapping, grabbing, beating or biting. It also includes forced alcohol or drug use and denial of medical treatments.
- Sexual: Forced or coerced sexual contact. These acts also include sexually degrading words and actions.
- Emotional: Acts that reduce self-esteem, such as constant fault-finding, verbal attacks, undermining achievements and harming child-parent relationships.
- Economic: Taking control of a person’s ability to spend, earn or own money, including other assets.
- Psychological: Any action that produces psychological repercussions, such as threats of physical assault, inciting fear through intimidation, destruction of personal belongings and imposing isolation.
- Technological: Using technology to stalk, control, harm, extort, monitor or harass another person. These devices include all internet-enabled gadgets, online platforms, cameras, GPS applications and software.
Sometimes abuse can be subtle, but it doesn’t change how serious it can be in the long term.
Domestic violence and divorce
If you are divorcing an abusive partner, their offenses can affect the division of assets and spousal support, depending on existing charges and convictions. You can hire an attorney to help you navigate your case while prioritizing your and your children’s best interest.