Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is physical, sexual or psychological abuse directed towards one’s spouse, partner, or other family member within the household. The New York State Coalition defines domestic violence as “abusive behavior – emotional, psychological, physical, or sexual – that one person in an intimate relationship uses in order to control the other. It takes many different forms and includes behaviors such as threats, name-calling, preventing contact with family or friends, withholding money, actual or threatened physical harm and sexual assault. Stalking can also be a form of domestic violence.”

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Domestic Violence can be:

Physical violence

  • Direct physical violence, ranging from unwanted physical contact to rape and murder.
  • Indirect physical violence, including destruction of objects, throwing objects near the victim, harm to animals

Mental/emotional violence

  • Verbal threats of physical violence to the victim, the self, or others including children, ranging from explicit, detailed and impending to implicit and vague as to both content and time frame
  • Verbal violence, including threats, insults, put-downs, attacks
  • Nonverbal threats, including gestures, facial expressions, body postures

Economic/social abuse

  • Controlling victim’s money and other economic resources, preventing victim from seeing friends and relatives, actively sabotaging victim’s social relationships and isolating victim from social contacts.

Spiritual abuse

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