Domestic abuse can be emotional, physical, sexual, emotional, psychological and financial.
It is harm inflicted by a current or former spouse or partner.
There are three main categories of sexual abuse: Physical abuse involves injuring, disabling or killing the victim.
Physical abuse can be performed with a weapon or restraint or merely using body, size or strength to harm another person. For example, an abuser could forcefully shake the victim in anger.
Domestic abuse is a growing problem that affects millions of people in all kinds of relationships including traditional marriages, same-sex partnerships, and even relationships where there is no sexual intimacy involved.
While physical violence is the most blatant form of domestic abuse, sometimes called intimate partner violence, it not the only form of domestic abuse.
The act does not have to be carried out for it to be abusive behavior.