What is Domestic Abuse

What is Domestic Abuse?

Domestic abuse is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, irrespective of age, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, economic status or nationality. It is accompanied by a pattern of abusive behaviors that are used to gain or maintain power and control over a partner; physical violence, sexual assault, financial control, threats, intimidation, isolation and verbal abuse are some of the methods an abusive partner uses to gain control.

Some examples of abusive behaviors:

  • Embarrassing or shaming the victim with insults or mockery.
  • Controlling who the victim sees or talks to, where they go and what they do.
  • Keeping the victim away from friends and family members.
  • Intimidating victims with weapons or physical restraints.
  • Threatening to hurt or kill the victim, family, friends, children or pets.
  • Pressuring or forcing sexual actions and refusing to use protection.
  • Pressuring or forcing the use of drugs or alcohol.
  • Destroying property.
  • Harassing the victim at the workplace.
  • Stalking.