Emotional abuse - name calling, shaming, ridiculing, insulting, demeaning, name calling, threatening, withholding, manipulating, insulting;
Financial abuse – controlling the money, forcing someone to quit their job, causing them to lose their job, making them ask for an allowance;
Sexual abuse – forcing someone to engage in sexual acts they find unpleasant or frightening, forcing reproductive decisions, rape.
The cycle of violence involves (1) tension building (walking on eggshells, verbal abuse, minor physical abuse, abuser become edgy, irritable, critical) followed by (2) violent outburst and battering, which leads to abuser (3) asking for forgiveness, going out of his/her way to be kind and loving, or at the very least, non-violent.
Domestic violence can have significant effects on children. Silent witnesses to trauma.
One-third of the children who witness the battering of their mothers demonstrate significant behavior and/or emotional problems, including psychosomatic disorders, stuttering, anxiety and fear, sleep disruption, excessive crying and anger, and school problems.
Children who witness a parent abusing another parent are more likely to repeat the pattern of abuse in their own homes because they learn that behavior.
In one study, all sons over 14 years old attempted to protect their mothers, with 62% being injured.
Are you a victim of domestic violence? Contact Us today to get help. If you are in a life threatening situation, call 9-1-1 immediately.