What are the different types of domestic violence?

Different types of domestic violence include:

Physical Abuse: Grabbing, pinching, shoving, slapping, biting, kicking, punching, hitting, etc. These are types of physical abuse. Physical abuse may also include withholding access to resources necessary to maintain health such as medical care.

Sexual Abuse: It is coercing or attempting to coerce sexual contact or behaviour without consent. It includes marital rape, attacks on sexual parts of the body, forcing sex after physical violence has occurred, or treating one in a sexually demeaning manner.

Emotional Abuse: Emotional abuse is undermining the victim’s sense of self-worth and/or self-esteem. It includes constant criticism, belittling victim’s abilities and competency, name-calling, insults, put-downs, etc.

Psychological Abuse: Psychological abuse is instilling or attempting to instill fear in the victim. It includes intimidation, threatening physical harm to self, victim and/or others, threatening to harm and/or kidnap children, harassment, etc. Isolating or attempting to isolate the victim from friends, family, school and/or work is also considered psychological abuse.

Emotional Abuse: Emotional abuse is making or attempting to make the victim financially dependent. It includes maintaining total control over financial resources including the victim’s earned income or resources, withholding the victim’s access to money, or forbidding the victim’s attendance at school or employment.

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