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Types of domestic abuse include physical, verbal (also called emotional, mental, or psychological abuse), sexual, economic/financial, and spiritual abuse. GLBT Domestic Violence: Similarities and Differences. Stalking and cyber-stalking are also forms of intimate partner abuse. Anxiety can be described as the response to a future or possible threat. "Adverse childhood experiences, alcoholic parents, and later risk of alcoholism and depression." Psychiatric Services 53 Aug.
The statistics about those who are affected by intimate partner violence are staggering; domestic abuse affects 3%-5% of current adult relationships in the United States, including more than 2 million women. "Physical dating violence among high school students-United States, 2003." Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 55(10), 532-535, May 2006.
Despite the myth that violence against men does not occur is a myth; 800,000 men are victims of intimate partner abuse. "Intimate partner violence: an overview." August 2006.
Nearly one-third of women can expect to be the victim of intimate partner violence sometime in their lifetime.
GLBT people often face unique challenges when trying to cope with domestic-abuse victimization.
The assumption by family, friends, coworkers, and professionals that abuse is mutual in homosexual couples or is an expected part of what is perceived as a dysfunctional relationship since it is not heterosexual, poses major obstacles to battered GLBT individuals in getting help.