Domestic violence is terrible and happens more often than you might think. Young children, older adults, and everyone in between can become victims. It affects people in both heterosexual and same-sex relationships.
When a person in a relationship or marriage physically or psychologically tries to gain control of their partner, that is domestic violence.
Five types of domestic violence
Recognizing the five types of domestic violence is the first step toward freeing yourself from its grip and becoming a survivor.
- Physical abuse is usually the first thing that people think of when they hear the words “domestic violence.” This includes hitting, kicking, biting and stabbing, to name a few examples. Sexual violence also falls into this category.
- Emotional abuse is a bit trickier to recognize. If, for example, your partner gaslights you by trying to distort your view of reality, that is considered domestic violence.
- Financial abuse is an attempt made by your partner to control your financial freedom. They may cut off your spending accounts or empty your savings.
- Isolation occurs when your partner purposely drives a wedge between you, your family and your friends. Your partner wants to isolate you because they want to control you. This can become an obsession, which can lead to stalking.
- Stalking is a terrifying ordeal. It is an extreme version of emotional and psychological abuse. Victims may have trouble sleeping, functioning in society, or coping with constant negative attention.
Domestic violence can be terrifying, and you may feel completely alone. It’s very important that you seek outside help from the police, a trusted friend or family member and a support group. Once you are physically removed from danger, you can begin to pick up the pieces. This may include filing for divorce.