What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is an escalating pattern of abuse where one partner in an intimate relationship controls the other through force, intimidation, or the threat of violence. Abuse comes in many forms:
Physical: Kicking, punching, shoving, slapping, pushing, and any other acts which hurt your body.
- Sexual: Calling you vulgar names, criticizing your body parts or sensuality, forced or pressured sexual acts, including rape.
- Emotional: Assaults against your self-esteem
- Verbal: Name-calling, threats, put-downs.
- Psychological: Causing you to feel as if you are "going crazy".
- Spiritual: Attacking your spiritual or religious beliefs.
- Financial: Controlling and manipulating you by threatening your economic status and basic needs.
- Homophobic: Threatening to "out" you to people who do not know your sexual orientation
- Immigration: Using your immigration status and fear of deportation to control you.
- Destructive Acts: Actual or threatened assault of your property or pets to scare you.
If you are experiencing domestic violence, the time to act is now! Check out these resources to get help as soon as possible.