Domestic violence can be described as when one adult in a relationship misuses power to control the other. It is the establishment of control and fear in a relationship through violence and other forms of abuse. The violence may involve physical abuse, sexual assault, and threats. Sometimes it is more subtle, like making someone feel worthless, not letting them have any money, or not allowing them to leave the home. Social isolation and emotional abuse can too have long-lasting effects.


Domestic violence is not just about hitting, or fighting, or an occasional argument. It is an abuse of power. The abuser tortures and controls the victim by calculated threats, intimidation, and physical violence. Although both men and women can be abused, in most cases, the victims are women. Children in homes where there is domestic violence are also abused or neglected. Although the woman is the primary target, violence is sometimes directed towards children, and sometimes towards other family members and friends.


Domestic violence can take many forms and variations and can happen once in a while or all at the same time. Domestic violence can be Psychological abuse, Social abuse, Financial abuse, Physical assault or Sexual assault. Violence can be criminal and includes physical assault or injury, forced sexual activity or stalking. Female feticide (selection abortion based on the fetus gender), Dowry death, or harassment, Mental and Physical torture, Sexual trafficking, and Public humiliation are other common forms of Domestic violence.