partner violence is a pattern of coercive control founded on and supported by violence, sexual violence, emotional
abuse, and/or psychological abuse.
- (Marvin, 1997)
Forms of Abuse
includes punching, strangulation,
biting, hitting, hair-pulling, stabbing, shooting, or threats of this type of
characterized by physical attacks of the breast and/or genital area, unwanted touching, rape with objects, and
forced sexual relations, including marital rape.
takes the form of systematic degrading of the victim's self-worth. Includes calling the victim names, making
derogatory or demeaning comments, forcing the victim to perform degrading or humiliating acts, threatening to kill the
victim or the victim's family, controlling access to money, and acting in other ways that imply that the victim is crazy.
involves all of the features of emotional abuse but also consists of at least one violent episode or attack
on the victim to maintain the impending threat of additional assaults. Destruction of property includes destroying personal
belongings, family heirlooms, or even the family pet. This destruction is purposeful and the psychological impact on the
victim may be as devastating as a physical
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