Domestic violence can have be a significant part of the lives of those impacted by it. For that reason, it is important for anyone impacted by domestic violence, including those facing domestic violence accusations, allegations or charges, to be familiar with what it is and the legal resources available to help those impacted by it.
Different types of domestic abuse
Domestic abuse includes several different forms including:
- Physical abuse – physical abuse is most commonly associated with domestic abuse but it is not the only form of domestic abuse. Physical abuse includes hitting, punching, slapping, kicking, pinching, biting, shoving, kicking and any type of unwelcome physical contact that causes harm.
- Sexual abuse – sexual abuse includes coerced, forced or unwelcome sexual contact. Sexual abuse can also include marital rape. It can also include demeaning sexual jokes.
- Emotional abuse – emotional abuse includes attacking self-esteem or self-worth. It can include constant criticism and name-calling.
- Economic abuse – economic abuse is aimed at creating financial dependence. It can include exercising financial control to create financial reliance.
- Psychological abuse – psychological abuse is typically based on fear and intimidation that may be created in a variety of different ways.
- Threats, stalking and cyberstalking – threats, stalking and cyberstalking can include harassment in person or online and other threatening behaviors.
Domestic abuse can impact anyone
Those who may be impacted by domestic abuse can include spouses; intimate, sexual or dating partners; children; family members; and cohabitants.
Domestic violence impacts families, communities and society as a whole. There are important legal resources available to those impacted by domestic abuse, including criminal defense resources, that anyone impacted should be familiar with.