Much of the time, when people think of domestic abuse, they think of a partner or spouse physically attacking the person that they are supposedly in a romantic relationship with. While this is a type of domestic abuse, it only scratches the surface in regard to the possible ways that domestic abuse can be carried out.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse, it is vital that you get the help and support that you have a right to attain in the state of Pennsylvania. Everyone has the right to be in a safe and healthy environment, and no one should have to live in fear of the person they live with.
What are the different types of domestic abuse?
The common thread in almost all domestic abuse cases is the need of the attacker to have control and ignite fear. Their need for control may be exhibited through acts of physical violence or sexual abuse, but it may also be shown in other subtler, but equally harmful, ways. This might include emotional abuse such as name-calling and constant derogatory talk, or it could be financial abuse whereby the perpetrator seeks to control the victim's access to money, therefore, creating a reliance. Domestic abuse does not have to be committed by a romantic partner, but instead, could involve a roommate, a family member, a child or a parent.
If you are being made to feel controlled by a household member, you have the right to protect yourself, and there are many legal options in Pennsylvania that can help you with this.