Domestic Abuse Guide

Domestic abuse is also sometimes known as spousal abuse or Domestic Violence. It takes place within the context of a relationship between a couple. (There are other forms of abuse that take place within a domestic setting, but these, like child abuse and the abuse of the elderly, are dealt with elsewhere.) It is most commonly inflicted on a woman by a man, but this is not always the case.

A woman may abuse a male partner, or there may be domestic abuse between same sex couples. When it comes to physical abuse, however, it is usually the woman who is being abused and not the man, though not always.

Domestic abuse can be emotional, verbal or physical. When it involves a physical attack or injury, it is called domestic violence. Whatever form it takes, it is destructive and dangerous. Interestingly, domestic abuse is less likely to be about anger than control. It almost always comes from a need or desire in one partner to dominate and control the other.

The main categories of Domestic Abuse are:

  • Physical Abuse
  • Physical Violence
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse

We’ve written quite a few detailed guides on Domestic Abuse.

See our Domestic Abuse Guides below. If you are looking for a full guide to escaping from an abusing situation, look at our Domestic Abuse 101 checklist to the right.

Domestic Abuse Guides

Domestic Abuse 101 – The complete guide to domestic abuse – why it occurs, types of abuse, how to recognize it, and how to escape it

Domestic Violence – Domestic Violence — what you can do about it

Types of Abuse – The major types of abuse and what to do about it

Domestic Violence Statistics – A list of some of the major domestic stats for the UK and the US

Domestic Violence Facts – Facts about Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Shelters – Information about Domestic Violence Shelters

Domestic Abuse versus Domestic Violence – Domestic Abuse vs. Domestic Violence — what is the difference?

Effects of Domestic Violence – What are the physical and psychological effects of domestic violence on the victim?

What is an Abusive Relationship? – A guide on how to tell if you are in an abusive relationship?

Parental Abuse – Help for victims of parental abuse

What is Domestic Violence? – Defining what domestic violence means

What is Domestic Abuse? – Defining just what domestic abuse really is

Sibling Abuse Help – Help for victims of sibling abuse

What is Abuse? – Getting out of an abusive relationship isn’t easy, but help is available. Learn how to protect yourself while you explore your options.

Women Abusing Men – Not all domestic abuse is men abusing women; women can, and do, abuse men. This article explores the issue of women abusing men

Cycle of Abuse – A Picture Graph of the Cycle of Abuse

Why Women Stay – Why do women stay in abusive relationships?

The Abuser Profile –Find out the template of an abuser

The Power Wheel – A visual diagram of the Power Wheel Dynamic

Support Groups for Domestic Violence – Victim of domestic violence and in need of finding a support group? Read this article!

RESOURCE LIST FOR ABUSE – Resources and links for those looking to escape abuse, find an emergency abuse hotline, or to find abuse counceling from experts

Domestic Violence Resources – Some resources for domestic violence victims

Forumulating An Emergency Plan – If you are in an abusive situation, you should have an emergency plan in case you do suddenly have to leave. Here is how to put one together and what you need to know.

Children and Domestic Abuse – Children often suffer the most when domestic abuse occurs, if not directly than certainly indirectly

Teenagers and Abuse – The issues of family abuse and how it affects teenagers

Leaving An Abuse Partner: The Plan of Attack – It’s a big step to leave, but often a necessary one. Read this for a concrete, step by step strategy for leaving an abusive partner while protecting your privacy and assets.

Help for Battered Women – Recovery from abuse is possible

Counseling Resources – Counseling resources relating to domestic abuse