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Domestic abuse is a pattern of behavior that one person uses to control another person in an intimate relationship. It can happen to anyone, at any age, no matter what race or religion, level of education or economic background.
Domestic abuse can take many forms, all of which can be devastating to those who experience it. Domestic abuse includes:
Emotional abuse is a constant attack on a partner’s self esteem and can lead a partner to believe she is worthless and helpless to remove herself from the situation. People who are emotionally abused may experience stress related illnesses, anxiety attacks, heart palpitations, hyperventilation, ulcers and asthma.
An emotionally abusive intimate partner may:
Physical abuse may begin as lesser forms of attacks, such as restraining by the arm, pinching, shoving or hair pulling. However, physical abuse often escalates and an abuser’s behaviors may become uncontrollable and more severe.
A physically abusive intimate partner may:
When one partner views the other as sexual property, sexual abuse can occur.
A sexually abusive intimate partner may: