Domestic violence can occur in many different forms. Regardless of whether it is physical, emotional or takes some other form, abuse often follows an escalating pattern in which the aggravating behaviors worsen over time.
The abuser's physical attack or aggressive behavior can range from bruising to murder. It often begins with what is excused as trivial contacts that escalate into more frequent and serious attacks.
The abuser's psychological or mental violence can include anything that impacts the mental health and well being of their partner.
Physical attacks by the abuser is often accompanied by, or culminates in, sexual violence wherein the survivor is forced to have sexual intercourse with the abuser or take part in unwanted sexual activity.
This form of abuse includes the use of technology to control and stalk a partner. This type of abuse can happen to people of all ages, but it is more common among teenagers, who use technology and social networking sites to interact in a manner often unmonitored by adults.
Click here to learn how to protect yourself from technological abuse (provided by the National Network to End Domestic Violence).
Any behavior that maintains power and control over finances constitutes financial abuse.
There are specific tactics of abuse that some abusers use against their immigrant partner.
These tactics include: holding or destroying immigration papers, not letting partner learn English, threatening to hurt partner’s family in home country, threatening to call immigration authorities, etc.
It is important to remember that in the US, even undocumented immigrants have rights, and that, in case of an emergency, contacting the police should be a priority.
If you have more questions about resources for immigrants victims of domestic violence, you can contact:
Any of the above behaviors may be used to control or exert power over a partner, and they may be part of a larger cycle of violence and reconciliation.
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