Domestic abuse, also known as domestic violence, can occur between two people in an intimate relationship. The abuser is not always the man; it can also be the woman. Domestic abuse can happen between a woman and a man, a man and a man, or a woman and a woman. Domestic abuse shows no preference. If one partner feels abusive, it does not matter their sexual orientation, eventually the actions they are feeling will come out towards their partner.
Other people often overlook domestic abuse. People generally do not like to get themselves involved in other people’s problems, especially when they believe there might be problems at home. For one reason or the other, the person who is the witness to someone who is being abused by their spouse does not want to report the crime, or get involved at all, because they are afraid something violent will happen to them for trying to help. Inside the relationship, there are many signs of the abuse. The biggest sign is that you completely fear your partner. Domestic abuse does not start the day that you meet your partner. It can start a week, month, or even years after.
If you feel like you are constantly having to watch what you say or what you do, otherwise your partner will become abusive, signs point that you are in an abusive relationship. There are many types of abuse as well. Abuse does not have to be all physical.
Emotional abuse is when the partner tells you things like “no one else will ever love you”, “you are worthless”, “you do everything wrong”, and so on. These are things that you think about all the time after it is said and you replay over and over in your mind. Emotional abuse can lead to you feeling like you have no self-worth, and could push you to do something drastic to yourself to end the relationship.
Physical abuse is when your partner hits you. It does not have to be with their fists, they might even kick you, hit you with other objects, or throw you against things. When physical abuse occurs, it can leave bruises, scratches, or even bite marks on the victim. When this happens, people notice what is going on, but still might not interfere or reach out to help in fear of themselves getting hurt.
Verbal abuse is when your partner screams at you terribly and excessively. It does not have to be because you have actually done something wrong. Sometimes when our partners drink, they get angry, and when this happens, they have no one to take the anger out on other than their partner. Verbal abuse can also be when your partner calls you names, tells you how fat you are, tells you that you are ugly, and those sorts of things.
Domestic abuse can also be sexual. Sexual abuse is when your partner forces you to participate in unwanted, unsafe, or degrading sexual activities. Even though you are in an intimate relationship with your partner, it does not mean that you MUST have sexual intercourse whenever it is asked of you. If your partner tells you that you have to do something...