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The different forms of domestic abuse

39243756_S.jpgAccording to the U.S. Surgeon General, domestic violence is a leading health concern. However, Illinois residents may not necessarily know what domestic violence looks or feels like. This may stop victims from reporting abuse or prevent friends and family members of an abuse victim from seeking help on that person's behalf. The definition of domestic abuse is abusive behavior used by a person to gain control over a partner.

In some cases, abuse can be physical in nature. Examples of physical abuse include hitting, biting or slapping a person. It can also involve forcing someone to use drugs or alcohol against their will or denying a person medical treatment for injuries. Sexual abuse occurs when an individual is forced to have sex with their spouse or partner. It can also occur when a person is the subject of demeaning jokes or sexually demeaning behavior in general.

It is possible to be a victim of domestic abuse even if no physical contact is made. Threatening to hurt someone can be seen as a form of mental abuse whether threats are made to hit or use a weapon against another person. Stalking may also be a form of domestic abuse, and it may take the form of spying on or following a person to their home or place of employment.

A victim of domestic abuse may wish to seek help immediately. An attorney may be able to help with legal issues such as terminating the parental rights of an abuser in addition to seeking child support. The abuse may also play a role in any divorce order issued by a judge in the event that a victim decides to end a marriage.

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