Domestic violence does not always entail physical abuse. Oftentimes, physical abuse is predicated by emotional, also known as psychological, abuse. In this situation, an abuser uses words and manipulations to control a victim, usually in a threatening tone of voice. They may also force the victim to lie, or perform demeaning tasks. An emotional abuser's victim is often not only their spouse, but also the children.
As previously discussed on this blog, domestic violence is a serious problem that does not discriminate. It impacts families of every financial, social, racial and ethnic background. It can take on different forms and cut its victims down physically, emotionally and mentally. For those who suffer under its pressures, escaping domestic violence can seem impossible.
Families are built upon foundations of love, trust and shared values. All throughout California, individuals rally together with their family members in order to weather tough times and to pull through challenges they may otherwise succumb to if they were on their own. For many, family is the constant that provides stability and safety in their otherwise chaotic lives.