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Other Types of Forms and Tactics of Domestic Abuse and Domestic Violence

Other Types of Forms and Tactics of Domestic Abuse and Domestic Violence

Breaking Trust Tactics (lying to you)

·         Being jealous
·         Breaking promises and shared agreements
·         Having other relationships
·         Withholding information from you
Coercion and ThreatTactics
·         Breaking things or punching walls
·         Destroying your possessions
·         Making angry gestures
  • Making or carrying out threats to do something to hurt you
·         Making you do illegal things
  • Making you drop charges
·         Shouting you down
·         Threatening to kill or harm family pets
·         Threatening to kill or harm you and the children
  • Threatening to leave you or to commit suicide
·         Threatening to report you to welfare
·         Using physical size to intimidate
·         Wielding a knife or a gun
Disrespect Tactics
·         Interrupting your telephone calls
·         Not listening or responding when you talk
·         Persistently putting you down in front of other people
·         Refusing to help with childcare or housework
·         Taking money from your purse without asking
  • Murder of women by their batterers: is another phenomenon that should be regarded as a separate category when recording domestic violence.
Harassment Tactics
·         Accompanying you everywhere you go
·         Checking up on you
·         Embarrassing you in public
·         Following you
·         Not allowing you any privacy, opening your mail
·         Repeatedly checking to see who has telephoned you
Intimidation Tactics
·         Abusing pets
·         Dangerous driving
·         Displaying weapons
·         Making you afraid by using looks, gestures or actions
·         Throwing or smashing things, destroying property
Isolation Tactics
  • Controlling what you do, who you see, what you reads and where you go
  • Limiting your outside involvement
  • Monitoring or blocking your telephone calls
  • Not allowing you to freely use the car or the telephone
  • Preventing you from seeing friends and relatives
  • Refusing to let you learn to drive, go to school, or get a job
  • Shutting you in the house
  • Telling you where you can and cannot go
Jealousy and Blame Tactics
  • Accusing you of infidelity to justify their actions
  • Checking up on where you have been or who you have spoken or talked to
  • Making light of the abuse and not taking your concerns about it seriously
  • Minimizing, Denying, Blaming
  • Saying the abuse didn’t happen
  • Saying you caused it
  • Shifting responsibility for abusive behavior
Pressure Tactics
·         Disconnecting the telephone
·         Reporting you to welfare agencies unless you comply with his demands
·         Lying to your friends and family about you
·         Sulking
·         Taking the car away
·         Taking the children away
·         Telling you that you have no choice in any decisions
·         Threatening or attempting suicide
·         Threatening to withhold money
·         Withholding or pressuring you to use drugs or other substances
Spiritual Abuse Tactics
  • A person uses another person’s spirituality in order to control them
  • Forcing the children to be reared in a faith that the partner has not agreed to
  • Handling a person’s spiritual belongings disrespectfully
  • Preventing the partner from practicing their religious or spiritual beliefs
  • Ridiculing the other person’s religious or spiritual beliefs
  • Selectively using scriptures to justify their abusive behaviour
  • Stopping your partners from engaging in their spiritual practices
  • Using a person’s religious or spiritual beliefs to manipulate, dominate or control them.
  • Using the spouse’s or intimate partner’s religious or spiritual beliefs to manipulate them
Using Your Children Tactics
  • Making you feel guilty about the children
  • Threatening to take the children away
  • Using the children to relay messages
  • Using visitation to harass you
Verbal or Nonverbal Abuse Tactics
  • a way of instilling fear of further violence
  • blaming the victim for how the abuser acts or feels
  • constant harassment
  • criticizing or diminishing the victim’s accomplishments or goals
  • destruction of the victim’s personal property and possessions, or threats to do so
  • embarrassing, making fun of, or mocking the victim, either alone within the household, in public, or in front of family or friends
  • excessive checking-up on the victim to make sure they are at home or where they said they would be
  • excessive possessiveness, isolation from friends and family
  • making the victim feel that there is no way out of the relationship
  • making the victim remain on the premises after a fight, or leaving them somewhere else after a fight, just to “teach them a lesson”
  • name-calling
  • not trusting the victim’s decision-making
  • saying hurtful things while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and using the substance as an excuse to say the hurtful things
  • telling the victim that they are worthless on their own, without the abuser
  • threatening or intimidating to gain compliance
  • violence to an object (such as a wall or piece of furniture) or pet, in the presence of the intended victim
  • yelling or screaming
Traditional and Cultural Domestic Violence
These practices not only affect the health and lives women around the world but also in our own country. Around the world, women suffer the harmful and life-threatening effects of traditional and cultural practices that continue under the appearance of cultural and social tradition and religious beliefs.
The unequal power relationships between men and women that have been present throughout history are still seen throughout the world today. Several social and cultural traditions have kept women particularly vulnerable to the violence directed at them and their children. In addition, the lack of economic resources underpins women’s vulnerability to violence and their difficulty in extricating themselves from a violent relationship.
Factors contributing to these unequal power relations include
  • socioeconomic forces
  • the family institution where power relations are enforced
  • fear of and control over female sexuality
  • belief in the inherent superiority of males
  • legislation and cultural sanctions that have traditionally denied women and children an independent legal and social status
Domestic abuses seen throughout the world
Acid attacks
·         Sulphuric acid has emerged as a cheap and easily accessible weapon to disfigure and sometimes kill women and girls for reasons as varied as family feuds, inability to meet dowry demands, and rejection of marriage proposals.
Dowry-related violence
  • Women are killed annually by their husbands and in-laws, who burn them in “accidental” kitchen fires if their ongoing demands for dowry before and after marriage are not met.
Early marriages
  • Early marriage, with or without the consent of the girl, constitutes a form of violence as it undermines the health and autonomy of millions of young girls. The legal minimum age of marriage is usually lower for females than for males. In many countries, the minimum legal age for marriage with parental consent is considerably lower than without it.
Killing in the name of honour

In several countries in the world women are killed in order to uphold the “honour” of the family. Any reason – alleged adultery, premarital relationships (with or without sexual relations), rape, falling in love with a person of whom the family disapproves – are all reason enough for a male member of the family to kill the woman concerned. Victim-survivors of attempted murders are forced to remain in protective custody, knowing that leaving custody would result in death at the hands of the family.

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