Anyone Can Be A Victim!
It is easier to think that domestic abuse could never happen to you or a loved one, but there is no "predisposing" factor that can make you a victim.
Domestic abuse is a pattern of controlling behaviors carried out by one person in an intimate relationship to maintain power and control over the other. The partners in the relationship may be dating, married, or living together.
Domestic abuse may include physical assaults, emotional abuse, sexual assaults, social isolation, financial control, use of children, threats, stalking and intimidation. These are all tactics used by one person in a relationship to control another. The partners may be married, dating, living together, separated, homosexual, or heterosexual. You do not have to be physically assaulted to be abused. When you are hurt by someone you love, you may feel alone, as if you are the only one having the problem. Although nobody likes to think of themselves as being battered or abused, over 50% of all women are battered at some time in their lives and more than 1/3 are battered repeatedly every year.
Battering can include physically hurting, but emotional wounding as well. It is the pummeling of one's spirit. Emotional abuse may occur along with physical abuse or by itself. It is a very effective tool all on its own to gain and maintain power and control over someone.
Emotional abuse includes a range of behaviors:
- Name calling
- Angry Outburst
More Information on Domestic Abuse
- Domestic Abuse Handbook
- How to Help Someone Who is Being Abused