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Types of domestic violence

Domestic violence is a traumatic experience for the victim. Even when things don't turn physical, the scars you have to live with can last a long time. If you are in this position, you need to try to get out of it as soon as possible. There is a very slight chance that things will change for the better, but it is more likely that you will be stuck in a situation that continues to get worse if you don't walk away.

The most obvious form of domestic violence is physical abuse because it is easy to see the bruising and marks from it. This makes it a bit easier to prove, but this doesn't mean that this is the only type that matters.

Financial abuse is another common form. You might not have any control over money, what type of jobs you can hold or anything else related to the finance. Your spouse wants you to be completely reliant on them. They might withhold things from you based on what you're doing at the time and how they feel.

Psychological abuse occurs when the abuser is doing things to instill fear as a means of control. It can include things like forbidding you from leaving the house or from talking to people. You might notice that it becomes more pronounced as time progresses.

Another form of spousal abuse that can be very damaging is emotional abuse. In this form, the abuser tries to minimize your self-worth. While this isn't a form that will likely lead to criminal charges, it might be the basis of you deciding to leave the marriage. It occurs when your significant other humiliates, insults or criticizes you on a consistent basis.

Sexual abuse and reproductive coercion are also possible. While you might not associate these with a marriage, remember that the definition of these are rather broad and can encompass a variety of circumstances.

If you are a victim of any of these, you can take action to get out of the relationship. This might include filing for divorce or seeking out a protective order.

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