Each year, about 1.3 million women and 835,000 men become the victims of
domestic abuse in the United States. Since about 60% of these incidents happen in the
home, more than 3 million children witness domestic violence.
Types of Domestic Violence
The thing is that not all of these are physical altercations. Domestic
violence lawyers see cases every day that involve no actual physical harm,
but are still instances of domestic violence. How is that possible, you
may wonder? It’s because there are many more things that constitute
domestic violence than you may realize. Here are just a few of the other
forms that domestic violence lawyers commonly see.
Domestic violence lawyers often encounter cases that involve emotional
abuse, which is when the abuser inflicts psychological or mental violence.
Name calling, insults, blaming, jealousy, unfounded accusations of cheating,
intimidation, shaming, humiliation, social isolation, following, and stalking
are all common forms of emotional abuse.
In many of the physically violent cases domestic violence lawyers see,
sexual violence is often involved. This is when an abuser forces a victim
to have some form of sexual intercourse with them, or take part in some
form of sexual activity. Such acts as forcing a partner to perform sexual
acts against their will (including having sex with other people), pursuing
sexual activity with the victim while they’re not fully conscious
(or are afraid to say no), coercing a partner to have sex without protection
against pregnancy, and sexually transmitted diseases are all instances
of sexual domestic violence.
Domestic violence lawyers even encounter forms of financial violence, which
involve an abuser causing his or her partner to lose their job. This may
be done by preventing the victim from being able to go to work, showing
up and harassing the victim at work, causing the victim to be late to
work, withholding transportation to work, ruining their work clothing
or uniform, putting the victim on an allowance, or damaging a partner’s
Many of the
criminal defense cases that domestic violence lawyers see actually involve no physical
violence, but may involve other, less tangible forms of abuse.
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