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Different Types of Domestic Violence?

The scourge of domestic violence is a problem that seemingly gets worse every year, with an average victim being attacked once every nine seconds. While no age bracket is immune to this issue, women between the ages of 18 and 24 are the most vulnerable.

Within this issue are four different types of domestic violence, each of which is a weapon that can inflict tremendous damage on the body and mind of a victim. They are:

  • Physical
  • Emotional
  • Sexual
  • Economic

Physical Abuse

This remains the most visible sign of this societal problem and is something that has the potential to inflict severe physical damage and even death upon the victim.

This physical abuse evolves over time, escalating from a shove or push to increased levels of dangerous activity such as hitting, slapping, punching, or even biting a victim. This battering can continue over months or years before the victim reports the crime or is killed as a result of not having that opportunity.

Emotional Abuse

While no visible bruises appear in these circumstances, the damage has the potential to change a way a person lives their life. Abusers have no problem ridiculing or verbally attacking the victim, which helps eat away at the self-confidence of that person.

Equally, menacing is stalking since the psychological toll it takes can make an individual afraid to simply leave their home. Harassing phone calls and social media attacks are also ways that the victim is psychologically held hostage by the abuser.

Sexual Abuse

Another form of physical violence relates to forced consent to sex by the abuser, whose physical superiority makes this a possibility. It can take the form of holding someone against their will or threatening them if they reject the demand, but either way, the victim is essentially being raped.

Economic Abuse

This form of abuse occurs when the abuser knows that the victim has no financial options when it comes to leaving. This gives that abuser total control of the victim, since the latter is totally reliant on them.

Filing Charges with an California Domestic Violence Lawyer

If you are victim of spousal abuse, contact the Law Office of Ann A. Thompson today.  You don’t have to go through this alone; she will act swiftly in finding real solutions.


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