Identifying domestic abuse in Massachusetts

On Behalf of | Feb 8, 2022 | Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a serious issue that affects millions of people each year, and it can take many different forms. It is important to understand the different types of domestic abuse so that you can get help if you or someone you know is experiencing it.

Emotional manipulation

Many domestic abusers use emotional manipulation to control their partners. They may make them feel like they are not good enough or that they are always wrong. The abuser may also make threats against the victim or their loved ones in order to keep them under control.

Financial abuse

This may include withholding money, preventing the victim from working or spending the family’s money without the partner’s consent. The abuser may also threaten to take away their possessions if they don’t do what they say. This type of abuse can leave the victim feeling helpless and trapped

Physical abuse

This is probably the most obvious form of domestic violence; it includes any kind of physical harm or assault inflicted on a partner. It can range from hitting, slapping or punching to more severe forms like choking or using weapons.

Sexual abuse

This can involve forced sexual contact, rape or coercing the victim into sexual activity against their will. It can also include unwanted touching or groping. Usually, this type of abuse is used to control and intimidate the victim.

Verbal abuse

This is a type of domestic violence can involve name-calling, insulting or making critical and hurtful comments about the victim’s appearance or abilities. The abuser may use this type of abuse to make the victim feel like they are worthless and that no one would want them if they left.

It is important to remember that domestic violence can take many different forms. If you are experiencing any type of domestic abuse, it is important to reach out for help as soon as possible. Thankfully, there are many resources available to you, such as hotlines and support groups.