Domestic violence is a deliberate act. If a boyfriend, girlfriend, spouse, former spouse, cohabitant, or someone you share a child with repeatedly injures you or threatens to do bodily harm to you, that is domestic violence.
Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence. Victims can be any age, sex, race, sexual orientaton, ethnic group, religion, profession, or socio-economic status.
Offenders consist of individuals of all levels including both sexes, all races, all age groupings, all religions, and all socio-economic and educational levels.
Pee Dee Coalition offers the following services in the Pee Dee community:
Battering – Assaulting behavior between adults in an intimate, sexual, theoretically peer, and usually cohabiting relationship.
Four Forms of Battering – (1) physical battering, (2) sexual battering, (3) psychological battering, and (4) destruction of property or pets.
Physical Battering – Wide range of behaviors which include aggressive behavior done by the abuser to the victim’s body.
Sexual Battering – Involves physical acts against the victim’s body. For example:
Psychological Battering – No contact with victim’s body. Psychological weapons rather than physical attacks. Variety of behaviors including:
Destruction of property or pets – No contact with victim’s body, but assaults still intended for victim. Destruction not random, not merely “ventilation.” Same impact on victim as physical abuse. For example:
Similarities of four forms of battering –