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Domestic violence is physical psychological sexual or financial violence that takes place within an intimate or family-type relationship and forms a pattern of coercive and controlling behaviour Crime statistics and research both show that domestic violence is gender specific usually the perpetrator of a pattern of repeated assaults is a man Any woman can experience domestic violence regardless of race ethnic or religious group class sexuality disability or lifestyle Battering is a pattern of behavior used to establish power and control over another person through fear and intimidation often including the threat or use of violence Battering happens when one person believes they are entitled to control another Assault battering and domestic violence are crimes Acts of domestic violence generally fall into one or more of the following categories Physical Battering The abusers physical attacks or aggressive behaviour can range from bruising to murder This usually begins with what is excused as trivial but then escalates into more frequent and serious attacks Sexual Abuse Physical attack by the abuser is often accompanied by or culminates in sexual violence wherein the woman is forced to have sexual intercourse with her abuser or take part in unwanted sexual activity Psychological Battering The abusers psychological or mental violence can include constant verbal abuse harassment excessive possessiveness and isolating the woman from friends and family deprivation of physical and economic resources and destruction of personal property Domestic violence escalates It often begins with behaviours like name-calling threats violence in the victims presence such as punching a fist through a wall andor damage to objects or pets It may escalate to restraining pushing slapping and pinching The battering may include punching kicking biting sexual assault tripping and throwing At its most extreme it may become life threatening with serious behaviours such as choking breaking bones or even the use of weapons Various theories have been explored to try and give some insight as to why some people especially men
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