Recognising domestic violence

Types and expressions of domestic violence

Domestic violence can take many forms: psychological and verbal, physical, sexual, spiritual, economic, against objects and animals, and criminal harassment. These different types of violence can also be expressed in many ways.

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An argument between partners or domestic violence?

How can you tell the difference between a couple’s argument and domestic violence? When couples argue, both partners try to come to an agreement through negotiation. But in a situation involving domestic violence, your partner will be dominant, trying to satisfy only his own needs.

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Cycle of domestic violence

Women and children living in abusive relationships experience a four-stage cycle that occurs over and over again, a vicious circle.

Source : Regroupement des maisons pour femmes victimes de violence conjugale