It’s common for people to equate physical abuse with domestic violence, and they would be right.
However, physical abuse is just one form of domestic violence. There are other types of abuse that would qualify as forms of domestic violence as a pattern of abusive behavior by a person against an intimate partner in any relationship to gain or maintain power and control over him or her.
Even physical abuse goes beyond punching, slapping, kicking, biting, strangling, shoving, or hitting a partner with an object. It’s also physical abuse when a person withholds food, sleep, money, transportation, and medicine from an intimate partner.
In some relationships, no one gets physically hurt, but a person could be a victim of domestic violence just the same if he or she is constantly on the receiving end of threats of harm, intimidation, and isolation, which constitute psychological abuse.
One person trying to control every aspect of his or her partner’s life can also be considered psychological abuse.
Sexual abuse can also happen in a relationship, and it’s a form of domestic violence as well.
Rape, coercing sexual contact, and forcing a partner to have sex with other people are just some of the ways a person can sexually abuse a partner.
It’s also domestic violence when a partner is not given access to financial resources such as money and credit cards, which is a clear case of economic or financial abuse.
Any of these forms of domestic violence affects not only the direct victims, but other family members, friends, coworkers, and other people who know the people involved as well. If you or someone you are concerned about is a victim of domestic violence, then you must report it to the authorities. That would be the initial step towards breaking its hold on you or a loved one.