What is Domestic Violence

It’s National Domestic Violence Awareness month and I want to bring awareness and facts to all my readers all month. Domestic Violence Month is derived from “A Day of Unity” first observed in 1981, by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence . In October 1987, the first domestic violence month was observed. During that same year, the first national domestic hotline was also started.

Today we will focus on what is domestic violence and the different types. On average, 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. It’s important to know the types because often, a person can be in bad relationship and may not even notice because they are brainwashed, and they think it’s the norm.

The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are victims of physical violence by a partner every year. 

What is Domestic Violence

According to United States Department of Justice, “The term “domestic violence” includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabiting with or has cohabited with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction.”

Types of Domestic Violence and Abuse

  • Physical abuse– when a person is physically harmed such as hitting, slapping, biting, strangling, pushing, shoving, cutting, or any type of violent behavior toward the victim
  • Sexual abuse –unwanted sexual activity or any unwanted form of sexual contact.
  • Physiological and Emotional abuse-is mental, it involves attacking a victim’s self-esteem by using words, manipulation, and intimidation. Name calling, belittling, constant negative criticism, and deflating the victim’s value and self-worth.
  • Financial and Economic-is when the abuser tries to make the victim financially and socially reliant on him/her. The abuser controls all financial resources, and often prohibit the victim from going to school or work to be able to be independent.
  • Threat-are often used by abuser as form of psychological abuse. They threaten to harm or injure the victim or the victims family.
  • Stalking and Cyber Stalking-Spying, harassing, constant phone calls, sending numerous text messages, sending gifts, and appearing places uninvited or unwelcome. While none of these things are illegal, when done excessively and unwanted it’s a crime.

Domestic violence affects millions regardless of gender. It does not discriminate. It affects every race, culture, and doesn’t discriminate financial status. Domestic Violence recognize victims as spouses, intimate partners, family members and children.

1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner.

Domestic Violence is a crime that no one should be subjected to. Everyone has the right to feel safe. No one should live in fear. If you know of anyone who need help or would like to talk, please feel free to email me so I can get them the resources thats needed. If you feel unsafe at any time, PLEASE CALL 911.

Did you Know : According to NCADV, Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crimes

If you are experiencing domestic abuse and need assistance there is a National hotline for assistance.

National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233

You can also visit their website HERE. This link offers life saving tips and different resources to those in need of help.


Domestic Violence Awareness Project

United States Department of Justice

Male Domestic Violence Statistics

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

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5 thoughts on “What is Domestic Violence

  1. What an informative post. I’m glad that you shared that men are victims of domestic violence as well. I’m sure the number for men is higher, but because its seen as being weak most men do not report abuse. I watched a video where a couple acted like the man was verbally abusing and acting like he was going to strike the woman in a public park. Several people stopped to try to intervene and assist her. Then they switched the roles and the woman was yelling and hitting the man and people just walked by. When they interviewed the people they said ,”Oh he’s a man he must have deserved it” or “he’s a man he can take being hit by a woman”. It was really eye opening. As a mom with boys this is very discouraging to see that people think it’s ok for women to abuse men. We really need to drop the double standards. As you said abuse is abuse not matter the age or gender.

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