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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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