Domestic violence is not only physical abuse

Domestic violence encompasses more than just physical abuse; it encompasses a range of behaviors intended to exert power and control over a partner or family member. Emotional abuse is one aspect of domestic violence that can be just as damaging as physical violence. This includes behaviors such as manipulation, intimidation, verbal attacks, and threats, which can erode a person’s self-esteem and mental well-being over time.

Financial abuse is another form of domestic violence that involves controlling a partner’s access to financial resources and independence. This can include withholding money, preventing access to bank accounts, or sabotaging employment opportunities, making it difficult for the victim to leave the abusive relationship or support themselves and their children.

Sexual abuse is a pervasive form of domestic violence that involves coercing or forcing a partner to engage in sexual activities against their will. This can include rape, sexual assault, or other forms of sexual coercion, which can have long-lasting physical and psychological consequences for the victim.

Psychological abuse is a form of domestic violence that involves manipulating a partner’s thoughts, emotions, and behaviors to maintain power and control. This can include gaslighting, minimizing or denying the abuse, blaming the victim for the abusive behavior, or isolating them from friends and family, making it difficult for the victim to seek help or support.

Digital abuse is a modern form of domestic violence that involves using technology, such as social media, texting, or surveillance apps, to control, monitor, or harass a partner. This can include cyberstalking, spreading rumors or explicit images without consent, or monitoring a partner’s online activity, which can cause fear, anxiety, and isolation.

Spiritual or religious abuse is another aspect of domestic violence that involves using religious beliefs or practices to justify and perpetuate abusive behavior. This can include using scripture or religious teachings to control a partner’s behavior, coerce them into staying in the relationship, or justify acts of violence, which can deeply impact a person’s sense of identity and spiritual well-being.

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