What Is Domestic Violence?

Domestic Violence comes in many forms of abuse. These types of abuse include physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, economic abuse, threats, and stalking and harassment.

Physical Abuse

Physical abuse is intentionally causing injury, harm, disability, or death by using physical force.

Some Examples of physical abuse are:

  • Shoving
  • Hitting
  • Kicking
  • Throwing objects
  • Using a weapon
  • Stabbing
  • Biting
  • Burning
  • Strangling

Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse can be defined as any sexual encounter without consent. Sexual abuse can be caused by physical force or can be involve someone who does not understand the nature of the act or are unable to decline participation in the act.

Some examples of sexual abuse are:

  • Unwanted touching
  • Forced sexual activity
  • Painful or demeaning acts during intercourse
  • Denying contraception or protection against sexually transmitted diseases
  • Sexual exploitation through photography or prostitution

Emotional Abuse

Emotional or psychological abuse involves any behavior, verbal or non-verbal, that is psychologically harmful.

The following are examples of emotional abuse:

  • Name-calling
  • Mocking
  • Yelling
  • Swearing
  • Making humiliating remarks or gestures
  • Manipulation
  • Ridicule in front of other people
  • Cheating
  • Blaming you for your own mistreatment

Economic Abuse

Economic abuse is when an abuser controls the victim through money or other economic resources.

Some examples of economic abuse are as follows:

  • Obstructing your ability to make money
  • Denying you access to funds
  • Demanding paychecks
  • Putting all bills in your name


Threats are a declaration of intent where-in a negative action is proposed to elicit a response.

Some examples of threats are as follows:

  • “I am going to punch you in the face”
  • “If you don’t do this I will hurt you”

Stalking and Harassment

Stalking refers to repeated negative behavior causing fear in the victim.

Some examples of Stalking and Harassment are as follows:

  • unsolicited calls
  • unsolicited visits
  • following you
  • embarrassing you in public
  • refusing to leave when asked