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Domestic abuse by a spouse or intimate partner knows no age or ethnic boundaries. Domestic abuse can occur during a relationship or after a relationship has ended. The victims of domestic violence and spousal abuse are five to eight times more likely to be women than men. However, men can also be the victims of domestic abuse.

A common pattern of domestic abuse is that the perpetrator alternates between violent, abusive behavior and apologetic behavior with apparently heartfelt promises to change. The abuser may even be very pleasant most of the time. Therein lies the perpetual appeal of the abusing partner and why many people are unable to leave the abusive relationship.

However the psychological and physical dangers of staying in an abusive relationship are severe. The first step in ending the misery is recognition that the situation is abusive. Then you can seek help.

What is the definition of domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse between spouses or intimate partners is when one person in the relationship tries to control the other person. The perpetrator uses fear and intimidation and may threaten to or actually use physical violence. Domestic abuse that includes physical violence is called domestic violence.
The victim of domestic abuse or domestic violence may be a man or a woman. Domestic abuse occurs in traditional heterosexual marriages, as well as in same-sex partnerships. The abuse may occur during a relationship, while the couple is breaking up, or after the relationship has ended.
The key elements of domestic abuse are:

  • Intimidation
  • Humiliation
  • Physical injury
  • Domestic abuse often escalates from threats and verbal abuse to physical violence.
  • Domestic violence may even end up in murder.

What are the types of domestic abuse?

The types of domestic abuse are:

  • Physical abuse (domestic violence)
  • Verbal or nonverbal abuse (psychological, mental, or emotional abuse)
  • Sexual abuse
  • Stalking or cyberstalking
  • Economic abuse or financial abuse
  • Spiritual abuse
    The divisions between these types of domestic abuse are somewhat fluid, but there is a strong differentiation between the various forms of physical abuse and the various types of verbal and nonverbal abuse.

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