7 Types Of Domestic Violence

7 Types Of Domestic Violence


Abuse comes in many different forms. Some on multiple levels, some just in one form. Both equally devasting and traumatic.

And the victims may take so long to see it and understand that it is wrong – due to possible years of conditioning, that it can be really hard to get out of. Friends and family may notice signs but aren’t sure what to do.

I’ve been on all sides of this table, and the biggest advice I can give is to learn. To keep the conversation going, to keep learning, to keep talking about it. Knowledge is power. There is hope, there is a way out. You found your way here and that is a great step in the right direction!

One big thing to recognize in every relationship, the first red flag if you will, is that one partner will begin to exert power and control over the other partner in many ways. Knowing how to recognize the signs is a great tool to keep yourself (and your family) safe.

It is important to identify first the 7 types of domestic violence – the 7 different forms of abuse. Let’s talk about those now!

7 Types of Domestic Violence

  1. Physical Abuse: most commonly associated with domestic violence. When one partner leaves bruises, cuts, burns, breaks, bites, etc on the other. There is no reason for one person to put their hands on another in unwanted, painful contact. None.
  2. Psychological/Emotional Abuse: this one doesn’t leave marks, but is equally as painful, I’d even venture to say worse. This is when one partner uses intimidation and threats to control the other. In addition to conditioning that partner to believing they are not worth anything and will isolate them. Emotional abuse is traumatic and debilitating.
  3. Verbal Abuse: A nasty form of emotional abuse in which one partner will constantly be putting down the other and saying awful things about them regularly until the victim believes and all of their self-esteem is gone. This one is slow, steady and deeply painful.
  4. Sexual Abuse: being forced to engage in any type of unwanted sexual activities is not ok and is abusive. No means No.
  5. Economical/Financial Abuse: when one partner withholds all of the money and financial activities over the other partner, forcing them to be a certain way or do things in order to get their portion of it, that is abuse. Without access to funds, the victims recourses can be dangerously limited.
  6. Spiritual Abuse: when one partner holds religious beliefs and traditions or their social norms over another to control them, this is abuse of power.
  7. Stalking and Cyberstalking Abuse: when one partner follows, threatens and continually harasses another, both in real life and online, this is abusive. They are trying to exert power and control over their partner to keep them living in fear and doing as they ask.

Now that you know the different types of domestic violence and abuse, think about your relationship. Does any of this apply to you? Can you think of anyone you know who it may?

Don’t be afraid to talk about it, to reach out. Contact me anytime. You are not alone. Remember, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men go through this. It is NOT your fault.

Malibu Mama Loves Xx

Author: malibumamaloves

I am a conscious mama, a dv survivor, a conscious trauma informed life coach who has overcome trauma and helps others turn their pain into purpose in facing their unhealed traumas.

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