Types of Domestic Violence

Abuse Can Go Beyond Physical

Domestic violence is a serious issue that affects many people each year. There are different types of domestic violence, which can occur in any type of relationship. In this blog post, we will discuss the three most common types of domestic violence: physical abuse, mental abuse, and emotional abuse.

Physical Abuse

Physical abuse is the most common type of domestic violence. It occurs when one partner physically harms the other. Physical abuse can include hitting, kicking, slapping, choking, burning, or using a weapon against the victim. Physical abuse can also involve forcing the victim to engage in sexual activity. Physical abuse can have serious consequences, including injuries, emotional trauma, and even death.

Physical abuse is often easier to notice than other types of abuse. If you are unsure whether you or someone you know is being physically abused, look for these signs:

  • Bruises, cuts, or scratches that cannot be explained

  • Injuries that occur in patterns (e.g., bruises on the arms from being grabbed)

  • Broken bones or fractures

  • Repeated visits to the emergency room or doctor

  • Signs of being restrained (e.g., rope marks on the wrists)

Mental Abuse

Mental abuse is another form of domestic violence. Mental abuse occurs when one partner tries to control or manipulate the other partner through threats, intimidation, or coercion. Mental abuse can also involve making the victim feel worthless or dependent on the abuser. Mental abuse can be just as damaging as physical abuse, and it can often lead to physical violence.

Mental abuse is not always easy to identify because there may not be any outward signs of abuse. The abuser may try to control every aspect of the victim's life, including who they see, what they do, and how they think. The abuser may also try to isolate the victim from their friends and family. If you are in a relationship where you feel like you are being controlled or manipulated, it is important to reach out for help.

Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse is another form of domestic violence that can be just as damaging as physical and mental abuse. Emotional abuse occurs when one partner attempts to control or belittle the other partner through emotional manipulation. This can include anything from name-calling and put-downs to making threats and controlling what the other partner does. Emotional abuse can also involve withholding affection or love as a way to control the other person, and it can be just as damaging as physical abuse.

If you think you may be in an emotionally abusive relationship, here are some signs to look for:

  • Your partner regularly criticizes you or puts you down.

  • Your partner controls what you do, who you see, or what you wear.

  • Your partner threatens to hurt you, your children, pets, or property.

  • Your partner withholds money from you or prevents you from getting a job.

  • Your partner monitors your phone calls or emails.

  • You are not allowed to have friends or go anywhere without your partner's permission.

Seek Help and Freedom

Regardless of the type of abuse that is occurring, all types of domestic violence are rooted in the abuser's need for power and control. If you or someone you know is in a relationship where you are being abused, it is important to seek help from a domestic violence hotline or shelter. You deserve to be safe and to live free from fear.

At Rutter and Sleeth Law Offices, we can help victims of domestic violence get the freedom they deserve.

Call us at (573) 279-1349 or visit us online to learn more about the legal options available. If you or someone you know is experiencing any type of domestic abuse, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-7233.