According to the United Nations, domestic abuse is defined as “a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner.” Domestic violence accounts for all kinds of physical, verbal, and emotional abuse, as well as any form of forceful restraint without the consent of the victim, or the refusal of their rights. Domestic violence not only restricts a spouse/partner but also includes violence towards children and elderly persons.
Types of Domestic Violence
Domestic violence is the result of an extremist thought process, psychological issues, desire for control and dominance, and hate towards a certain gender or person based on views. Often individuals do not even recognize that what they are facing comes under the criteria of abuse. Here are some common and widely occurring domestic acts of violence:
- Physical Abuse
- Emotional Abuses’
- Verbal Abuse
- Sexual Abuse
- Financial Abuse
Understanding Physical Abuse
Physical abuse is the most common and recognized form of abuse. Typically, the physical assault includes hitting, kicking, biting, slapping, shaking, pushing, pulling, punching, choking, beating, scratching, pinching, pulling hair, stabbing, shooting, drowning, burning, hitting with an object, threatening with a weapon, or threatening to physically assault.
Being held hostage against one’s will, being trapped in a room, or having the exit blocked, and being held down are also categorized as physical abuse. You may know that physical abuse also extends to abusing, injuring, or threatening to injure others like children, pets, or special property.
Physical abuse and violence are quite common in Pakistani households- mostly against women and girls. Although the number of cases reported is quite lower than the actual happening acts of physical violence, Pakistan still stands as the fourth worst country when it comes to domestic violence. This violence has flourished in the conditions created by the pandemic, with reported cases of physical abuse rising, given that people are mostly confined to their homes. These cases range from those of physical torture to being burnt alive and even murdered. Just in the year 2021, multiple cases of domestic violence honor killings have come up.
Get Help – Hire a Family Law Expert
Remember that living with an abusive partner, parent, or any other relation can get progressively worse to the point that it might prove to be fatal too. Thus, it is better to get out of it as soon as possible. The decision to end a relationship can be quite difficult. However, experienced lawyers at Sardar & Co., who are experts in family law, can assist you in getting out of such abusive relations, help you with child custody, and get your protection against the abuser through legal means.
If you are afraid to reach out to a family law expert or go to a law firm, dial 1099 – the governments’ helpline for reporting domestic abuse and harassment cases.