Domestic violence is characterized as physical violence, threats of physical violence or inspiring fear of physical or other forms of abuse toward a spouse or partner that an individual currently lives with or has lived with in the past. Domestic violence is punishable by time in jail, fines, community service and other forms of consequences.
If an individual physically hurts a partner or spouse whom they live with currently or have lived with in the past, it is domestic abuse. This can include but is not limited to:
Domestic violence also includes emotional, mental or sexual abuse which one partner does to another. This can include but is not limited to:
While there are countless forms of domestic violence, it is better summed up as anything physical, mental, emotional or sexual which hurts the partner in any way at all.
Although domestic violence usually occurs between individuals who live together, if abuse occurs between individuals who lived together previously – it is also called domestic violence. It may not be individuals who are in a romantic relationship, either. It could include roommates, adult children or others who live together but are not romantically involved.
While most individuals consider ‘domestic violence' to be violence against women by men, this is not always the case. While it is estimated that women are around six times more likely to be on the bad end of the domestic violence, there have been many reports of domestic violence by women against men as well. According to Suzana Rose, Ph.D. and representative of the National Violence Against Women Prevention Research Center, domestic violence of women in gay relationships is about the same as those of women in heterosexual relationships.
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