October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. The month provides an opportunity to better understand the topic of domestic violence. Domestic abuse can be both physical and psychological and occurs when one intimate partner, such as a spouse or other type of intimate partner, attempts to dominate the other through physical and psychological means. Domestic violence is the name given to the abuse when it includes a physical component.
Domestic violence can occur between both straight and gay couples and across all ethnicities and economic backgrounds. Domestic violence takes place at any age and men may also be recipients of domestic abuse. It is, therefore, important for both men and women to recognize the signs of abuse. The physical component of domestic abuse is the use of force that endangers or injures an intimate partner which is committed by an intimate partner. Physical assault and battery are crimes which can lead to criminal charges and involve the police.