Fighting For A Voice

Forms Of Abuse

Domestic Violence is a pattern of behaviors used to establish and maintain control over an intimate partner. Domestic violence consists of physical, sexual, psychological, and/or emotional abuse. Many abusers use areas that are listed below; but may use different tactics then listed. However, the ones below are reported to be more common. Also look at the PDF file for: Power and Control Wheel.

Six Recognized Forms of Abuse:

  1. Physical Violence

Verbal threats of violence, pushing, shoving, hitting, smacking, punching, kicking, holding down, pinning against the all, chocking, throwing objects, breaking objects, punching walls, driving recklessly to scare, blocking exit, using weapons.

  1. Emotional/Verbal abuse

Name calling, coercion and threats, criticizing, yelling, humiliating, isolation, economical abuse (controlling finances, preventing victim from working, having friends, jealous over victims family members), threatening to hurt children or pets, stalking.

  1. Sexual Abuse

Unwanted touching, sexual name calling, false accusations of sexual infidelity, forced sex, unwanted pregnancy, Rape, STD’s, Coercion to have sexual acts, insulting sexual performance or victims body.

  1. Social Violence

Checking phone calls, going through purse for receipts, following the victim when they leave the home, listen on the other end of the phone, not allowing old friends, confinement to house, compare victim to other members of the same sex negatively, Disapproves of family.

  1. Economic Violence

  Deny you access to family assets, like bank accounts, credit cards, or a car. Controls all the finances, forces you to account for what you spend, or take’s your money. Prevents you from getting or keeping a job; or going to school. Limits your access to health, prescriptions and/or dental insurance.  Manipulates you to feel guilty if you need money to purchase essentials.

  1. “Using Male privilege”

Treating her like a servant. Making all the family decisions for the family. Being the one to define both men’s and women’s roles. Expected to be treated with a level of respect that he does not return.
Quoting sources such as the Bible to justify his actions:
Selective “misinterpreted scriptures”
It is against “GOD” to leave your husband.
“Wives be submissive to your husbands”
Without regard to the actual content:
“Submit yourselves to one another”
 “.. To love and obey….”

Petition for Twin Tier Legislators to review for:
Early Intervention and Coordinated Responses. With the goal that NO “victim” of Domestic Crime goes unheard, again.

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