Domestic Violence (abuse) can happen in a various number of ways. The main purpose of abuse is to gain control & power over the victim. Below I have listed 5 different types:
1) Physical Abuse is the use of physical force against another person in a way that ends up injuring the person, or puts the person at risk of being injured.
- Does your partner push, hit or choke you?
- Does your partner threaten to hurt you with a weapon?
2) Emotional Abuse can be verbal or nonverbal.
- Does your partner continually criticize you, call you names?
- Does your partner make all decisions for you?
3) Financial Abuse may include withholding resources, stealing from the victim, or using the victims name to incur debt.
- Does your partner force you to work, or refuse to let you work?
- Do you feel financially dependent on your partner?
4) Sexual Abuse is often linked to physical abuse; they may occur together, or the sexual abuse may occur after a bout of physical abuse
- Does your partner minimize the importance of your feelings about sex?
- Does your partner force unwanted sex acts?
5) Spiritual Abuse is anything that comes in the way of you doing something or feeling good about yourself.
- Does your partner not allow you to practice your morals/religious beliefs or culture/values?
- Do you feel that you have given up things that are important you?
Domestic violence can be against a woman or man, gay, lesbian and even teens and children, it doesn’t discriminate. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the above please seek help.
Why is it so hard for a man to call the police on a woman who puts her hands on him?
Do you feel it’s okay for a man to hit a woman back if she hits him first?
Do you feel that their are certain circumstances when a person should be hit by the opposite sex?
Do you think there is enough understanding on how Domestic Violence hurts the whole family?
What are some ideas on stopping Domestic Violence?
Domestic Violence Hotlines:
(816)461-4673(HOPE), Hope House or (816) HOTLINE, Kansas City Metro; The hotline provides 24-hour crisis intervention and support. Also, the hotline is the appropriate way to make a referral to Hope House or to request a HAP (Healthcare Advocacy Program) advocate meet with a victim at an area hospital.
National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224
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