What kind of behavior is considered domestic violence?
Domestic violence can take a number of forms, including:
- physical behavior (slapping, punching, pulling hair or shoving)
- forced or coerced sexual acts or behavior (unwanted fondling or intercourse, or sexual jokes and insults)
- threats (threatening to hit, harm or use a weapon)
- psychological abuse (attacks on self-esteem, attempts to control or limit another person's behavior, repeated insults or interrogation)
- stalking (following a person, appearing at a person's home or workplace, making repeated phone calls or leaving written messages), or
- cyberstalking (repeated online action or email that causes substantial emotional distress).
Typically, many kinds of abuse go on at the same time in a household.
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