05 Aug What Does Domestic Abuse Look Like?
It’s not always easy to tell at the beginning of a relationship if it will become abusive. Regardless of whether it is physical, emotional or takes some other form, abuse often follows an escalating pattern in which the controlling behaviors worsen over time.
Involves physical harm or injury to the body. Including through the use of weapons. Typically the abuse is ongoing & becomes progressively worse.
Emotional, Verbal & Psychological Abuse
Often subtle & in some cases, survivors son’t recognise that they are being abused. This kind of abuse will wear survivors down, often over a long period of time, until they take responsibility for their abuser’s actions & behaviours towards them, or simply accept it. The impact of psychological abuse is often deeper and longer lasting than physical abuse, it is known as the silent killer; very often there is no physical evidence, although survivors express feelings of guilt, depression, helplessness and low self-worth similar to when physical violence is experienced.
Any situation in which someone is forced to participate in unwanted, unsafe or degrading sexual activity. Even when it’s with a partner with whom one is in love, sex or any sexual acts must be consensual and if it is not consented to, it is sexual abuse. This type of violence is especially traumatic for survivors and carries an increased risk of HIV transmission. This form of abuse is at times preceeded by physical violence in domestic settings.
This occurs when the perpetrator denies the victim access to or knowledge about the family finances or other resources to limit decision-making power. Physical and emotional abuse may follow.
Spiritual or Cultural Abuse
Occurs when the victim is denied the right to pursue religious, spiritual and cultural activities or when other forms of abuse are justified as cultured tradition or acts supported by religious beliefs.
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