Domestic abuse is very common and can ruin lives. The UK Police estimate that they get a call every minute from someone who is a victim of domestic abuse.
Domestic abuse can take different forms.
Verbal abuse: swearing, continual humiliation, attacks that focus on intelligence, sexuality, body image and capacity as a parent/spouse.
Physical abuse: Pushing, hitting, punching, kicking, choking, using weapons, sleep deprivation.
Sexual abuse: Forcing or pressuring someone to have sex (rape), unwanted sexual activity, touching, groping someone or making them watch pornography.
Financial abuse: Taking money, controlling finances, not letting someone work.
Emotional/psychological abuse: Making someone feel bad or scared, stalking, blackmailing, constantly checking up on someone, playing mind games, blaming the victim for all problems in the relationship, destruction of property, driving dangerously, abuse of pets in front of family members, making threats regarding the custody of any children.
Social abuse: systematic isolation from family and friends, instigating and controlling the move to a location away from family and social circle, restricting use of the car or telephone, forbidding or physically preventing the victim from going out and meeting people.
The term refers to between people who have a relationship with each other (or have had in the past) or who are family members.
Domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone, yet the problem is often overlooked, excused, or denied.