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What types of abuse are considered domestic violence?

On Behalf of | Oct 26, 2021 | Criminal Defense

A charge for domestic violence in Illinois can have serious consequences. Not only can a conviction result in jail time, it can also result in loss of child custody and a damaged reputation.

Domestic violence is legally defined as abusive and controlling behavior against an intimate partner. There are many different forms of abuse, and they can all be called domestic violence.

Physical abuse

Physical abuse is usually what people think of when they hear the term domestic violence. Any type of violent action that inflicts physical pain or is meant to inflict physical pain can be called domestic violence. Physical abuse can also be passive, like when a person denies their spouse necessary medical treatment.

Emotional and psychological abuse

Emotional abuse is usually more manipulative whereas psychological abuse is more threatening. Either way, when a person’s constant name-calling or intimidation of their romantic partner is viewed as abusive, the person could be charged for domestic violence.

Sexual abuse

Sexual abuse can occur in a romantic relationship when one partner forces themselves on the other partner sexually. Marital rape and unwelcome sexually demeaning harassment of an intimate partner can result in domestic violence charges.

Financial abuse

When one partner takes away the other partner’s financial resources and makes them dependent, this can be considered financial abuse. This doesn’t mean that every stay-at-home parent is being abused. Financial abuse is when one partner has no control over financial resources at all.

You can also be charged for domestic violence stalking

It’s important to know that even if you broke up with your intimate partner, they could still accuse you of domestic violence. Stalking and cyberstalking are two forms of abuse that can lead to domestic violence charges. While sending messages or approaching your ex may not be illegal if done infrequently, they could be called stalking if they are unwelcome and continuous.


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