Abusive behaviour is used to exert control within a relationship.Very rarely is one form of domestic abuse found by itself.
While physical abuse can, and often does, cause serious physical harm, often requiring medical intervention, emotional abuse hurts us deep inside and can leave permanent psychological and emotional scars.
Even where the abuse does not have physical long-term effects or result in PTSD, the survivor of an abusive relationship will often suffer low self-esteem and feelings of worthlessness.
Survivors commonly comment on feeling somehow ‘different’ to their peers, as though their experiences have in some way set them apart from the rest of society.
Domestic abuse or domestic violence is the term used to describe any abusive behaviour within an intimate relationship between two people.
Generally, people will first think of physical violence, such as hitting, beating and slapping, but domestic abuse also covers emotional, mental, verbal, sexual, spiritual and financial behaviours perpetrated by one person on another within an intimate relationship.