Warning Signs of Domestic Abuse
According to a study carried out by White Ribbon Organization, 1 out of 4 women in Australia are victims of one or more forms of domestic abuse.
Domestic abuse is a very common issue in Australia. According to a study carried out by White Ribbon Organization, 1 out of 4 women in Australia are victims of one or more forms of domestic abuse. The statistics also show that 1 out of 10 men in Australia is also victims of domestic abuse. Domestic abuse is a set of coercive behaviour directed towards an individual from a partner or a close relative. There are several forms of domestic abuse, including financial, social, physical, spiritual and emotional abuse. Whilst physical is most evident to others, it is important to see warning signs for other forms.
Signs of Physical Abuse
Physical abuse is the most common form of domestic abuse. It is also the easiest form of abuse to recognize. However, most people try very hard to hide the fact that they are experiencing abuse.
Recognising the things you are experiencing are signs of abuse is the first step. Fits of rage steaming from trivial issues are a large sign, for instance, failing to close the window may lead to a huge fight. An abuser will often equate acts of jealousy with love, whereby he or she will become extremely upset over perceived romantic competition which is mostly unfounded and punish the victim for it. Physical violence like hitting, shoving, kicking and in extreme cases, use of weapons like cutting, are all forms of physical abuse.
If you are a friend or coworker of someone you believe could be a victim, look for signs of distress from at home fights. Look for marks such as strangulation bruises on the neck, or swelling under makeup.
Signs of Social Abuse
Social abuse is one of the lesser-known forms of domestic abuse. Most abusers disguise this type of abuse as love. An abuser will monitor their victim’s social interactions like phone calls and messages. An abuser may also decide the people that their victims will interact with. For instance, the abuser will decide on which friends and family member the partner should talk to or spend time with. An abuser will also constantly criticize the victim’s friends and family to turn the victim against them. They may also not allow the victim to meet or spend time with neighbours, or force the partner to move away so that there is no contact with close friends and family.
If you are a friend or family member, notice signs of someone moving away or drastically stopping communication, especially on unwarranted terms. Reach out and try to seek help for them.
Signs of Economic Abuse
Economic abuse, also known as financial abuse is a form of domestic abuse where the abuser tries to acquire complete control of the victim by controlling their finances. Some warning signs of economic abuse include denial of access or control to assets, bank accounts and financial documents. There may be intentional sabotage of education or employment such as causing the victim to lose their job which could lead to financial dependence. Denial of access to family finances and a limitation of money through allowances are also signs of domestic abuse.
If you are a family or friend that notices someone being overly cautious about their money in fear of their partner’s approval, this could be a time to speak up.
Signs of Verbal Abuse
Verbal abuse refers to the repeated use of words to demean, frighten or control a victim by an abuser. This could be the use of criticizing language meant to lower the esteem of the victim, or abusive language meant to embarrass, demean and demotivate the victim. They may constantly blame the victim and use a condescending tone to bark demands.
Using harsh language against a victim especially in front of the company to cause humiliation.
Most of the time, verbal abusers do not show remorse after insulting or using abusive language against the victim. The acts of abuse are mostly triggered by trivial issues and are unexpected. If this happens in public, it may be a sign to talk to the victim and try to get them help.
What to do If You Are A Victim of Domestic Abuse
Many are times when it is hard for the victim to walk away from an abuser. However, some actions that can be taken by victims of domestic abuse are to make plans to leave your abuser such as saving up money or reaching out to family or friends for a place to stay. You can reach out to a hotline or consult a lawyer for legal action against your abuser. On the flip side, not all reported cases of domestic violence are true. Some people make false claims, especially for financial benefits. If you happen to fall victim to such a scam, the first thing you should always do is to call a lawyer such as the professionals from LY Lawyers for legal representation as well.