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Different types of domestic violence


Not all relationships are perfect. Philadelphia readers are aware that relationships can be tested by various problems that must be settled quickly to avoid further damage to the relationship. However, if these problems cause one person to use excessive force to take control of the other, the relationship is in deep trouble. If this behavior occurs once or repeatedly it may cause the abused person to remain silent and fearing for his or her safety.

Domestic violence is a serious problem among intimate partners. Readers may be interested to learn more about different types of domestic violence to determine if they are experiencing any of these right now. The most common among all types of domestic violence is physical abuse. The term itself refers to the use of physical force against another person. Some of the most common examples of physical violence are assault with a weapon, forcing alcohol or drug use, choking, restraining, shoving and hitting. These acts often result in injury that requires immediate medical attention.

Another type of domestic violence is sexual violence. This refers to lewd acts committed toward a person, whether verbal or physical. When one partner forces the other to commit a sexual act using force, it is considered sexual assault and an act of violence.

Domestic violence is not limited to physical and sexual abuse, but can also be psychological. Although this type of abuse does not result in physical injuries, psychological abuse can harm the emotional well-being of a person. Additionally, emotional abuse causes a person to lose self-worth. Mocking, causing embarrassment and name-calling are common examples of emotional abuse.

Individuals who are experiencing these types of abuse should seek help by reporting it to authorities. If an abused partner fears that the batterer is likely to retaliate, he or she can file a restraining order to keep the abuser away.

Source: Stopvaw.org, "Forms of domestic violence," Accessed on Feb. 12, 2015

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