What is Family Violence

There are many forms of violence that are easily overlooked. Family violence is any abusive, violence, coercive, forceful, or threatening act or word inflicted by one member of a family to another member for the family. It is not exclusive to intimate partners. Family violence can occur with parents/in-laws, children, siblings, or other family members. Domestic violence, a form of family violence, is between intimate partners including those that are dating

Types of violence:

Physical abuse – actual act or threat of an act that will cause bodily harm:   pushing, pinching, hitting, kicking, choking, burning, reckless driving, blocking exits, throwing objects, attacking with objects/weapons

Emotional abuse– actions and words that cause fear : isolating from others, insulting, terrorizing, ignoring rigid beliefs, threatening to
harm self if one does not comply with demands.

Economic abuse/ financial abuse – acts that result in financial control of another individual limited or no access to money, not allowing victim to work, stealing from victim, withholding victims paychecks or funds.

Stalking – unwanted and obsessive attention by an individual or group to another person:  following in a vehicle, standing outside of work, or home, repeatedly calling one’s home or cell.

Cyberstalking – the use of the Internet or other electronic means to stalk or harass an individual: sending harassing emails or texts, stalking via social websites; tracking individuals online footprints to use for control at a later time. 

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