Abuse is physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure or wound someone.
Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender. It can happen to couples who are married, living together or who are dating. Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.
Straight spouses are not immune from DV. We want you to be very aware that your situation in itself is abusive, but we want you to have a heightened awareness of other aspects of domestic violence and abuse. You may or may not be experiencing several forms of domestic violence and abuse. Knowledge is power.