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Violence against women

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Domestic violence

Types of abuse

Abuse is a pattern of behavior in which physical violence and/or emotional coercion is/are used to gain and maintain power or control in a relationship. Abuse may be continuous, or it may be a single incident of assault. Abuse may be physical, sexual, psychological/emotional, or ecomonomic. It can include threats, the destruction of property, and/or stalking/harassing behavior. The following are examples of abuse:

Type of Abuse Examples

Physical

Hitting, punching, slapping

Kicking

Choking

Biting

Burning

Shoving

Using objects or weapons

Locking up or confining

Interfering with sleeping or eating

Restricting the mobility or access of a differently abled partner

Sexual

Forcing sexual acts

Sexual assault with or without weapons or objects used as weapons

Assault for refusal to engage in sexual activity

Psychological or emotional

Repetitive and excessive criticism

Humiliation and degradation, which can include swearing, name calling and put-downs

Restricting or controlling access to personal or social resources or friends

Homophobic, racist, misogynistic attacks (degrading and hostile remarks about your sexual orientation, heritage, or gender)

Threats or harm to pets

Threats

Direct intentions to harm you, your family, or your friends

Threats that affect child custody, legal, immigration, or sponsorship status

Threats to reveal lesbian identity against your wishes

Economic

Controlling finances

Stealing money

Creating debt

Interfering with employment or education

Destruction of property

Destruction of property or personal items

Stalking/harassing behavior

Following

Appearing unexpectedly at or waiting outside workplace or home

Repeated phone calls or mail/email to victim and/or family, friends, or colleagues

Domestic violence

Editor's picks

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Why Does He Do That?

The Verbally Abusive Relationship

Healing the Trauma of Domestic Violence

It's My Life Now

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