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, this is domestic violence.
WHO ARE THE VICTIMS?
Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence. Victims can be any age, sex, race, sexual orientation, ethnic group, religion, profession, or socioeconomic status.
WHO ARE THE OFFENDERS?
Offenders consist of individuals of all levels including both sexes, all races, all age groupings, all religions, and all socioeconomic and educational levels.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICES
Pee Dee Coalition offers the following services in the Pee Dee community:
- Alternatives to Violence
- Community Victim Assistance
- Emergency Safe Shelter
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. For example:
pushing – hitting – pulling hair
pinching – pounding – stabbing
spitting – choking – shooting
kicking – burning – clubbing
Sexual Battering – Involves physical acts against the victim’s body. For example:
Unwanted pinching of breasts, buttocks, genitals
Sexual activity accompanied by physical assaults
Forced sexual activity
Forcing sexual activity with a third person
Psychological Battering – No contact with victim’s body. Psychological weapons rather than physical attacks. Variety of behaviors including:
Threats of suicide, violence, deportation, custody
Forcing victim to do degrading things, fights, etc.
Controlling victim’s activities; sleep, eating, habits, social relationships, access to money, etc.
Constant attacks on victim’s self-esteem.
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:
Destroying objects during arguments
Breaking victim’s favorite property
Attacks on victim’s pets
Similarities of four forms of battering
- Done without concern for victim’s mental or physical well-being.
- Done to show domination, to control the victim, to punish.
- Reoccurring, often escalating in severity and frequency.