Domestic Violence and Signs of Emotional Abuse
Domestic violence (or also known as intimate partner abuse, domestic violence, dating violence, family violence, or spousal abuse) is any type of abuse that occurs in a romantic or sexual relationship between people.
It can take the form of verbal abuse, physical abuse, or even sexual assault. It can be perpetrated by a spouse or partner, a family member or friend, or a stranger. Men and women are equally likely to commit domestic violence, and it affects all races and classes in society.
However, there are certain gender differences in who is more likely to commit it. For example, men tend to perpetrate spousal violence against women, while women are more likely to commit it against men.
Men perpetrate domestic violence more than women
They view it as an opportunity to exert power and control over a woman since women are weaker than them physically. The violence might be frequent and occur many times over a period of time.
It can start as a passive form of abuse, but if the abuse escalates, it will be considered more serious and the perpetrator can be prosecuted for this.
There are many different types of domestic violence
It can include
- Verbal abuse such as insults
- Constant belittling
With physical abuse taking the form of
- Sometimes hitting and strangling
Sometimes, the victim is hit or burned with a cigarette lighter or hot iron. Sometimes the abuser uses actual weapons such as a baseball bat, paintball gun, or knife to hurt his or her partner.
Also, if the abuse escalates to rage, the abuser might hit or abuse his or her partner with a car key, a belt, a pocket knife, a screwdriver, or another pointed object.
Emotional abuse is another type of domestic violence
It usually takes the form of depression, isolation, social withdrawal, or a feeling of lack of self-worth. The victim is denied a sense of worthiness or self-confidence.
The abuser withholds love and affection and does not allow the victim to see or enjoy who he is. Emotional abuse can take many forms, such as continuous criticism of the victim’s looks, personality, or spending habits, or constant humiliation and criticism of his or her attire.
The patterns of emotional abuse vary from relationship to relationship
In a common abusive relationship, one partner abuses the other using various forms of physical and psychological persuasion. The victim is psychologically coerced into feeling guilty for trivial things or trivial events that have nothing to do with the relationship or life in general.
When the pattern is set, the victim is unable to see or leave the pattern because it hurts him or her so deeply. The victim may eventually seek help for domestic violence.
Some common warning signs for emotional abuse include frequent temper tantrums and shouting matches; withdrawing from friends and family; resorting to theft and fraud, or even resorting to violence as a means of getting back at the partner.
Abusive partners may threaten the partner with exposure of their abuse if the partner seeks help. The partner may become isolated from society and the people close to him or her.
He or she may feel like a burden or an obligation. The victim of domestic violence may try to end the relationship or leave the relationship altogether but without success.
If you believe your spouse or any of the persons close to you is being abused by another individual, do not keep silent. Do not be afraid to tell your partner or tell someone about what is happening.
The best way to stop this from becoming an open or closed wound is to get the professionals involved. There are several agencies and support groups that focus on combating intimate partner abuse.
If you are going through any form of emotional or domestic abuse situation, you should know that there is help out there. You should seek help at once. Remember, the first step towards ending an abusive relationship is to speak up.
If you or someone you love is in danger of being abused, get away from the situation as soon as possible. Remember, standing up against any form of emotional or physical abuse is your responsibility.
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