Types of Domestic Violence – And How to Empower Yourself

Ideally, domestic violence is often portrayed as physical abuse but there are several types of domestic violence. Domestic violence affects millions of women and young girls globally in all types of relationships – traditional marriages, same sex partnerships, and live-in relationships and the ones where there is no involvement of sexual intimacy.

Empowering Victims of Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior used by one partner to gain power and control over the significant other. Women Rising Above Abuse is a non-profit community that helps women overcome abuse in all forms. Empowering victims of domestic abuse is what we aim for.


The Types of Domestic Violence

There exist many types of domestic violence and each has a devastating effect on those involved:

1. PHYSICAL VIOLENCE

Physical violence involves the use of physical force against the other partner. These acts include hitting, grabbing, biting, shaking, choking, burning, and forcing. These all acts can be done with or without being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Assault is often carried out with hands but some may use a weapon to threaten the victim. All acts mentioned above results in injury and sometimes so serious that either the person succumbs to chronic injury or death.

2. SEXUAL VIOLENCE

The violence with the individual’s body such as heinous sexual contact, rape and prostitution. Any type of unwelcoming sexual behavior such as treating someone in a sexually harassing manner or misconduct of sexual nature,  be it verbally or non-verbally. It also includes behaviors such as forced abortion or preventing the use of contraceptive methods.

3. ECONOMIC ABUSE

Making or attempting to make the survivor be financially dependent on the abuser can be termed as economic abuse. The examples include forbidding the significant other to work in an office or stopping them to use their own salary for personal or other expenses.

4. PSYCHOLOGICAL ABUSE

Threats of harm and isolation, intimidation such as instilling fear in an intimate partner through rude behavior, threatening, constant supervision, tracking phone calls and internet activity, making them stay isolated or controlling the victim when they talk with their friends and relatives can be termed as psychological abuse. Spiritual abuse may be included as a type of psychological abuse as it involves the misuse of spiritual or religious beliefs to manipulate or exert power and control over an intimate partner.

How To Get Help?

A common misconception that triggers in the mind of people is that the domestic abuse victims are not strong enough to leave. Walking away from the abusive relationship and partner is a process in itself. This is where non-profit organization such as Women Rising Above Abuse comes into play.

We support  the victims to come out of the trap of confusion, guilt, or self-blame. We care for the safety of victims that is why we provide them with a safe place to gather and push forward. We empower, strengthen and uplift those that have suffered from abuse. Our goal is to empower victims of domestic violence so that they can overcome their past abuse and move forward to a life of redemption.

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