Domestic violence is the rearing of an ugly face of a marriage in trouble.
When a spouse disrespects and assaults the other spouse in various manners, then these acts to intimidate, humiliate and injure a spouse constitutes domestic violence.
My husband or wife slaps me and insults me when he or she gets angry? Is this domestic violence and what can i do to stop this type of behaviour?
The answer to your question is an emphatic, YES.
A single act, be it a slap or insult is deemed as domestic violence.
Domestic violence can take many forms:-
- Threats to injure;
- Physical abuse;
- Emotional abuse to belittle and humiliate dignity and integrity
- Verbal and vulgar language used to berate;
- Intimidation to harass, stalk, damage items of personal nature or of furniture to display anger and threats;
- Belittling and defaming the other spouse to injure reputation and dignity
- Failing to give funds for personal and household expenses and to maintain the family;
- Sexual abuse to include raping, performing of non-consensual acts of sex or forced to do or watch sexual acts;
- Threats to family members with the intent to isolate and to cause bad family relations;
- Overbearing and far reaching discipline in both words and deeds;
- The law now forbids a child from being physically beaten.
When a spouse is subjecting the other spouse to these previously mentioned violent acts, then the aggrieved spouse can approach the police in an emergency as well as the court for relief. A case will be opened against the perpetrator for committing these acts of domestic violence.
Who Can Be Identified as an Abuser?
- Current spouse;
- Divorced spouse;
- Family relatives;
- Persons with whom you had a relationship with, be it casual or an intimate relationship;
- House mate;
- Parent or child as well as adopted parent and child.
What Happens When I Start with This Process?
The prosecutor takes over the case. The Magistrate rules over the matter and a final order is given. The police serve the Final Order.
Should the perpetrator violate the Order, then a warrant for their arrest will be issued and the perpetrator shall be arrested. They have a judgment against them for 30 years.
The Final Order protects the spouse and the family from further acts of domestic violence.