When people love someone, they want to also trust that person, and feel safe around that person. Unfortunately, many people in the United States and worldwide suffer in abusive relationships. Whether you are suffering from domestic abuse, you have suffered from it, or you know someone in an abusive relationship, you should understand these three facts about domestic violence.
It Does Not Have to Involve Physical Harm
While physical abuse is one aspect of domestic abuse, not all instances of domestic abuse involve physical harm to the victim. Minnesota State Law defines domestic violence as:
Physical harm, bodily injury, or assault; the infliction of fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury, or assault; or terroristic threats…criminal sexual conduct… or interference with an emergency call.
While this does include physical harm to the individual, it may also be the fear of physical harm or threats against the individual. Physical abuse is the most outwardly obvious form of domestic violence, but other forms of abuse are also destructive. At its core, domestic violence is really about one person attempting to dominate or control another person in any abusive fashion.
It Does Not Just Happen Between Couples
While domestic violence is often considered a problem between husband and wife or boyfriend and girlfriend, it covers a much bigger scope than simply those involved in a romantic relationship. Domestic violence, as defined by the state, can happen between any two people who are related, who are living together or have lived together, who have a child together, or who are in a romantic or sexual relationship.
Because of this broad definition, domestic violence could happen between a parent and child or vice versa. It could happen between a couple who had a child together, never married, and have since separated.
Men Can Be Victims Too
While the stereotypical victims of domestic violence are women, men can also suffer from domestic abuse. Because of the stigma associated with domestic abuse against men, many men are embarrassed to report it or to even admit they have been abused, probably by a woman much smaller than them.
No matter your domestic violence situation, getting out of an abusive relationship as soon as possible is important. If you need help getting out an abusive relationship, contact us. We can help with things such as divorce proceedings, mediation between the two parties, and with child custody disputes.