Forms of Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence is usually a pattern of behaviour aimed at controlling the victim. However, in some circumstances it may be an incident of physical violence in response to the other person’s ongoing patterns of power and control. It also includes situations where a child or a young person experiences, hears or witnesses, or is otherwise exposed to the effects of such behavior.

The following behaviours can all be defined as forms of Domestic Violence.  These are repeatedly used and can happen all at once or at the same time  to control a partner and family.

Physical Abuse

This may be punching, pushing or injuring others with objects or weapons. It also harming or threatening to harm pets.

Psychological, Emotional and Verbal Abuse  

Bullying, constant put-downs, name calling and comments that constantly undermine your sense of self are all forms of emotional abuse.

Sexual Abuse 

This is forcing any unwanted sexual contact or activity.

Social Abuse

This includes controlling where you go, who you see and geographically isolating you. Unreasonably preventing the other person from making or keeping connections with family or kin and friends.

Financial Control

Being refused/denied access to money and finances;

Damage to Property

Breaking furniture, kicking a hole in the wall, scratching your car or damaging your personal possessions.

Spiritual/Cultural Control

Not allowing you to practice your chosen religion or cultural beliefs.

Stalking and Harassment

Worrying or frightening you by watching, phoning or following you, or through the use of electronic communications and social media.

Remember: Domestic Violence is a crime. In a worst case scenario – it can result in homicide. If you have experienced any of the above or know someone who is, get help immediately

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