Domestic violence is the single greatest cause of injury to women, and approximately 22% of women in the United States have reported being physically assaulted by an intimate partner.
Psychological or Emotional Abuse
Threats, insults and humiliation can be as damaging as physical abuse because it can destroy a woman’s self-worth, independence, and further insure that she is more likely to stay in the relationship because she believes she does not have control, and is not worthy of anything better.
Sexual assault is when you are forced to be involved in any type of sexual activity against your will and includes touching, vaginal, anal or oral penetration, sexual intercourse (or attempted intercourse) and of course any kind of child molestation. Women are more at risk of being sexually assaulted by someone they know, rather than by a stranger.
Control and Isolation
When someone tries to control every aspect of someone’s life, and attempts to isolate him/her from friends and loved ones in order to hide this behavior, it is considered abuse. Financial abuse occurs when a woman is not allowed to work, have a bank account or access to any funds. As with psychological abuse, this type of abuse takes away her control, isolates her from the outside world, thereby insuring that she feels dependent on the man.
Impact on Children
Studies have shown that of the children who are in a home where there is intimate partner violence, 90% of them are exposed to this abuse. When children are exposed to any type of violence in the home, they become more likely to engage in angry and violent behavior, and may find themselves when they are adults also victims of abuse.