You do not have to be physically hurt to be abused, nor is it ever too late to seek assistance. This means that domestic violence can be categorised into several forms. Let’s take a look at the different types of domestic violence.

Physical Abuse

Physical abuse includes direct harm against a person, their child, pet or property and includes hitting, slapping, punching, choking, being thrown against a wall, being hit with objects or injured by weapons.

Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse is any type of forced or unwanted sexual behaviour between adults.

Emotional/Psychological Abuse

Similar to verbal abuse, emotional or psychological abuse can leave a person feeling that the relationship problems are their fault.

Verbal Abuse

Verbal abuse is the use of critical or insulting language or continual put-downs, threats or criticisms.

Financial Abuse

Financial abuse involves the unequal control of money in a relationship, by making a person dependent upon the perpetrator for money, taking a person’s money or threatening a person for money.

Social Abuse

Social abuse is when the victim is denied contact with friends or family who may be able to offer support. Some victims are also made to account for everything they do and everywhere they go.

Do you know any other types of domestic violence or abuse?