What is the Most Common Form of Domestic Violence?

Each year, more than 10 million people are physically abused by their intimate partner. Women are more at risk than men. In fact, approximately 25% of all women in the United States are physically abused, sexually abused and/or stalked by their intimate partners. Furthermore, it is estimated that nearly 11% of men will experience one or more of the aforementioned abusive actions by their partners. Domestic violence happens in every community, race, each socioeconomic group and religion. It is a national and global crisis that disproportionately affects women. If you are a victim of domestic violence, it is recommended that you call the National Help Hotline as soon as you can. They can provide you and your family with the resources that you need to get out of an abusive situation.

What is Domestic Violence?

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), domestic violence can be defined as “the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another.” This definition encompasses things like emotional abuse, threatening language and/or behavior, all forms of unwanted physical and sexual violence as well as stalking. Domestic violence is most often perpetrated on women that are between the ages of 18 and 24. The effects on victims can include an increased risk of contracting an STD, elevated rates of depression and anxiety, injury, financial strain and in the worst cases, death.


Most Common Forms

Domestic abuse comes in many forms. Each is employed by abusers in varying degrees. Listed below are the four most prevalent categories of domestic violence.

  • Physical Abuse: This can include actions such as pushing, restraining, slapping/punching, kicking, scratching, etc.
  • Emotional Abuse: Typically, emotional abuse begins verbally. Abusers use it as a tool to belittle and humiliate their victims. Their goal is to make their partner feel worthless.
  • Economic Abuse: This can happen when a partner doesn’t allow their spouse to have control over their own finances. In many cases, abusers won’t allow their partners to work or achieve any form of independent success.
  • Psychological Abuse: Anything said or done to strike fear in another person.

While many of these may not rise to the level of a criminal offense, a prosecutor may use non-criminal forms of abuse to bolster a case against an accused batterer. It is important to recognize the signs. If you know someone that is a victim, be proactive, speak with them privately and offer as much help as you can.

What to do if You are Falsely Accused of Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse accusations should never be taken lightly. They can negatively impact your freedom and finances. The overwhelming majority of domestic violence accusations go unreported or are substantiated legally. The risk of being falsely accused of domestic violence is relatively low, it can and does happen. A felony charge can bring with it probation, jail time, restraining order and restricted access to your children. Even a misdemeanor domestic violence charge can cause you to lose your gun rights for the rest of your life. Additionally, the social stigma that is attached to an accusation domestic violence can be debilitating socially, financially and mentally. If you have been accused of domestic violence, it is best to contact a reputable attorney like the professionals at Law Office of Hernandez & Hamilton, P.C. Hiring an attorney is not an admission of guilt. It is wise to ensure that you are represented by an experienced and highly qualified criminal defense attorney.

Comments 6

  1. Suzan says:

    my husband has started to forcing me to direct deposit my weekly earnings in our joint account, which he has the control of, is it a case of financial violence?
    he has set direct deposit his pay cheque starting last year, without asking me before, and now he wants me to do the same. but, he is the one who controls the expenses, not me. whenever I spend some money, buying a coffee, going to the gym, buying cloths, etc., he asks me what type of coffee I got that is $4 or why I am paying for gym (while he is spending almost double that money on gym himself!!!) or I have shoes and should not buying a new one, or so on. even for Christmas, he does not allow me to buy a Christmas tree from our joint account, and I have to pay it from my own pocket, while it is for family. He is now threatening me that he does not do anything at home (does not even spend time with our son) unless I do the direct deposit. currently I transfer all my earnings to our joint account except $350 per mount, which is the only money of my own that I have the control of. and the rest of what I earn, I transfer it to our joint account which he controls, but he wants it all. till now, because of our 5 year old son, I have avoided any argue or fighting and tried to make the home a comfortable and peaceful place for my kid. he knows that my son is very important to me and I will do anything for him, now he is using it as a weapon against me.
    I am under pressure everyday and feel abused.

  2. Brett Teeling says:

    I am a domestic violence counselor in California. I facilitate a batterers intervention program or, (BIP program) which is a once a week-two hours for 52 weeks=104 hours, for court ordered participants. The program I work for functions from the premise of Male Role Belief System, which encourages males to function from traditional forms of gender role training: That men come from control & superiority.

  3. Tig says:

    Leave your abusive 😒 combat idiot…but don’t move to another state…face reality facts…your the better person…why weaken it by showing weakness heavy drinking or any substance abuse 🥃💊💉🥃💊💉🥃💊💉!!!

  4. Lex says:

    You should call the national helpline. They will refer you all resources that you will need!

  5. Flor DeJesus says:

    People ask why I stay, well it’s financial. But I’ve had enough of his shenanigans. Right now he’s on his phone sexting with my neighbor. We don’t sleep in the same bed for the last 5yrs. Can’t even walk past his room w /out. There’s more so I’m asking for help. Can you recommend someone.

  6. Claire Masters says:

    It’s enlightening to know about the common cases of domestic violence such and emotional abuse in which victims are constantly humiliated through verbal profanities so that they may feel undervalued. I would imagine this to be a deeply traumatizing ordeal to experience. So, I hope victims of such situations can have the courage to come forward and seek legal counsel.

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