Domestic violence can take on many forms and does not always involve physical abuse against an intimate partner or family member. In fact, domestic violence can involve a wide of range of behavior done with the intent to coerce, intimidate or control and intimate partner or family member. When looking at the types of conduct which fall under the umbrella of domestic violence, it is important to recognize that this type of behavior can take on many forms and degrees of severity. Generally domestic violence contains the following key elements: intimidation, humiliation, and physical injury. From this general definition, domestic violence can take on many forms.
Forms of domestic violence
Physically striking a person, biting, pulling and hair pulling among others. Physical abuse can also include denying medical care or forcing someone to use alcohol and/or drugs.
Sexual abuse can involve coercing or attempting to coerce sexual contact without consent. Sexual abuse does not always involve actual sexual contact or attempted contact, rather it can involve such things as sexual degradation or other forms of sexualized conduct meant to demean a person in a sexual manner
Emotional; abuse can range from behavior which undermines an individual’s sense of self-worth such as constant and harsh criticism, name calling or making veiled threats.
Economic abuse involves coercing or controlling someone through economic means such as making an individual financially dependent by controlling their finances withholding access to money, or blocking attempts at schooling or gaining employment.
Psychological abuse includes intimidation through threatening physical harm, to one’s self, partner, children, or partner’s family or friends; destruction of property; and forced isolation.
Stalking is harassment of or threatening another person, in a way that is not done explicitly and whose purpose is to terrorize or intimidate another person. Stalking can occur in and out of an intimate relationship and can intense monitoring of the partner’s activities or by following them physically or online. Stalking can occur at home, in public in the workplace or on the Internet (cyberstalking).
If you are victim of domestic violence, it is important to hire a lawyer experienced in representing victims of domestic violence. A skilled domestic violence attorney can help, explain the what rights you may have and how to best protect yourself from an abusive partner or family member.