Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior in a relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. It occurs when one person attempts to physically or psychologically dominate another person.
This type of abuse can be verbal or nonverbal. The abuser aims to chip away at the confidence and independence of victims with the intention of making her compliant and limiting her ability to leave. It is a very effective tactic used by abusive partners to obtain power and control and it can cause extreme damage to the victim’s self-esteem. Commonly, emotional abuse makes the victim feel like they are responsible for the abuse and to feel crazy, worthless and hopeless. Emotional/psychological abuse includes:
This form of abuse is one of the least commonly known but likely the most powerful tactic of entrapping a victim in the abusive relationship.
It is defined as making or attempting to make an individual financially dependent on the abuser. Some forms of financial abuse include:
Developed by the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project in Duluth Minnesota. One is about power and destructive relationships. The other is about equality and respect.
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