What is Domestic Violence?




Males as well as females may be victims of domestic violence, and females as well as males can be the perpetrators.


Domestic violence, also known as domestic abuse, spousal abuse, battering, family violence, dating abuse, and intimate partner violence, is a pattern of behavior which involves the abuse by one partner against another in an intimate relationship such as marriage, cohabitation, dating or within the family. Domestic violence can take many forms, some of which are listed below.




Punching, nipping, hair pulling, scrabbing, tripping up, throwing hot fluid, pushing down stairs, burning, use of weapons, kicking, stalking, stabbing, biting, head butting, strangling, restraining, force feeding, shouting.



Ignoring, name calling, isolating, locking up, criticising, withholding love/support, threatening violence, threatening suicide, bullying, constant state of uncertainty, moving the goal posts.



Taunting, threat of rape, actual rape, abnormal sex, use of weapons, withholding physical contact, using sex to blackmail, sexual assault, criticising sexual performance, accusing of sexual activity with others.



Name calling, threatening behaviour, belittling, undermining, sneering, abusive language, brainwashing, and shouting, snide comments.



Gambling, drinking, not willing to work, selfish use of money, secretive about money, no money for basic needs, building debts, selling household items/property.



Children/Young Persons.

Turning children against partner, threatening partner with children, attacks in front of children, using children to undermine partner, encouraging children to undermine and belittle their partner.