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WHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?
Domestic violence is violent aggressive behavior within the home, typically involving the violent abuse of a spouse or partner. This can be a pattern of violent behaviors through physical, emotional, sexual, psychological, and or financial abuse.
TYPES OF ABUSE
Physical abuse is any intentional act causing injury or trauma to another person. Types of physical abuse include: kicking, burning, biting, beating, grabbing, choking and assault with a weapon.
Sexual abuse is any situation where one person forces unwanted sexual activity on another person. Types of sexual abuse include: rape, molestation, and sexual harassment.
Emotional abuse is nonphysical behavior that belittles another person. Types of emotional abuse include: gaslighting, name-calling, yelling, and blaming.
Financial abuse is when one partner controls the other's ability to become financially independent. Types of financial abuse include: controlling access to bank accounts, limiting their partner's ability to go to work or school, harassing their partner at their workplace, or damaging their partner's credit score.
Technological abuse is a form of abuse where a partner uses technology to stalk, humiliate, or harass the other partner. Types of technological abuse include: demanding to know a partner's password, monitoring all social media interactions, hacking into a partner's personal accounts, and using tracking devices to monitor their location.
HOW CAN WE HELP PREVENT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?
The best way we can help prevent domestic violence is by teaching about healthy relationships. This can be done by asking local schools, universities, churches, or other community organizations to implement a school-based program and host trainings for the students or organization members. Knowing the facts and sharing them widely is also a great way to help prevent domestic violence.
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