Domestic violence is generally defined as different types of abuse that happen in homes between couples or families. Many of us, when we think of domestic violence, see a picture of a man abusing his wife or girlfriend. Oftentimes, however, women are also abusers with men as their victims. So in truth, violence perpetrated with a family member could be considered domestic violence.
There are many forms and variations of domestic violence. You may see emotional or psychological abuse, property destruction as well as sexual abuse. On a less violent, but nonetheless still serious side, abusers may use threats or verbal abuse against their victims. Public humiliation, or mind games also fall into this category.
Abusers want to control their victims and make act out of jealously. The abuser may also prevent the victim from seeing or interacting with friends or family and may even prevent the victim from working.
The most violent forms of domestic violence include sexual and physical assaults, torture of family pets, and other physically violent acts. Rape is considered to be a form a domestic violence, because it is considered to be a forced act. And this act of rape can occur in a domestic situation because it is a sexual assault that occurs against the victim’s will.
Unfortunately it is women that comprise the majority of domestic violence victims. Women often are again victimized when leaving the situation because of ensuing social and financial situations. Domestic violence or rape survivors can develop psychological or emotional issues even after any physical injuries are healed.
Memories of the abuse can linger and become overwhelming. These can return repeatedly and can remain to torture the victim. The victim’s feelings of safety and well-being are compromised, as well as self-worth and self-esteem. There can also be lingering physical scars as well.