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.