Types of Violence

When someone wants to control another person, they will often use violence. There are some types of violence that are more familiar than others, but there are some that are not talked about so much. Below you will find descriptions of the five main types of violence that we come across at Asha.

Physical Violence

Physical Violence is violence that is inflicted upon the body. Punching, kicking, slapping, hair-pulling and attacking with a weapon such as a knife or a stick are all forms of physical violence.

Verbal Violence

Verbal violence is expressed using words. It could mean shouting at someone, calling them names or swearing at them.

Emotional and Psychological Violence

Emotional and Psychological Violence involve using manipulation to control another person. This could include threats, intimidation, destruction of property, harming pets, embarrassing the other person in front of friends or family, telling the person that they are worthless, extreme possessiveness, accusing the person of things they have not done, such as flirting with someone else and stopping them from seeing their friends and family.

Sexual Violence

Sexual Violence is where a person is forced to take part in sexual activity without their consent. This includes unwanted sexual intercourse between a married couple. Marital rape is a crime in the UK.

Financial Violence

Financial violence is a form of control over another person, where one person controls all the money in the relationship. In a situation of financial violence, the other person has no access to money, which leaves them helpless and unable to escape their circumstances.

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic Violence takes place within intimate relationships or families and can involve between one and all of the above types of violence.

Who does Domestic Violence happen to?

Domestic Violence can happen in intimate relationships or within families. Anyone can experience domestic violence, regardless of age, religion, culture, nationality, class, sexual orientation, disability or sex. While there are more women than men who face Domestic Violence, men can also experience all types of Domestic Violence. There are specialist agencies who can support men in this situation.