Friday, 4 April 2014
Domestic violence could be economic, social or emotional. In this scenario, a partner is intimidated, confined to one place, not allowing the partner to visit relatives and friends or when the partner is being threatened.
In physical violence, the abused partner may be kicked, hit or even choked.
Domestic violence can be sexual. The abused partner is forced to have sex or to undertake sexual practices which he or her finds detestable.
A person can be abused emotionally by criticisms, name calling and making one have a low self worth.
When someone is abused economically, he or she is made to remain financially dependent by withholding his or her access to money, controlling the person's financial resources, not allowing the person to further his or her education or the person is prevented from getting employment.
Domestic violence can happen between a husband and a wife, same sex marriage, or even couples who are still dating.
It is not only those that are being abused that suffer in cases of domestic violence but also family members, friends, co-workers and all the witnesses to the abuse. Children who grow up in a home where they frequently witnessed domestic violence, in the long run end up as abusers themselves or even victims.
A person who has being abused should seek help through counsellng, the doctor or relevant agencies because if action is not taking to stop the abuse, it may continue and may lead to severe damage to the person.