what is domestic violence?
Domestic violence is not only about physical abuse, it is also psychological and emotional abuse, involving humiliation, intimidation, demoralization, playing mind games, and isolation. It can also involve sexual or financial manipulation - limiting access to family income or assets, restricting or disrupting employment. It centers on power and control.
Emotional abuse such as criticisms and put-downs
Physical violence such as pushing and hitting
Sexual violence, such as unwanted sex
Threats against the woman or her children
Destroying property or harming pets