Types of domestic violence recognized in the US

Understanding Domestic Violence in the US

Domestic violence encompasses various forms of abuse that occur within intimate relationships or households. Let's explore the types of domestic violence recognized in the US.

Physical Abuse

Physical abuse involves force to cause bodily harm or injury to a partner or family member. This can include hitting, punching, kicking, choking, or any other form of physical assault.


Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse is characterized by behaviors that undermine a person's self-worth, emotional well-being, and psychological stability. This can include verbal attacks, intimidation, manipulation, isolation, and constant criticism.

Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse involves non-consensual sexual acts or coercion within a relationship. This can include rape, sexual assault, unwanted touching, harassment, or any form of sexual coercion.  

Economic abuse

Economic abuse is the use of financial control to exert power and control over a partner or family member. This can include restricting access to money, withholding financial resources, sabotaging employment opportunities, or forcing financial dependence.