Domestic and sexual abuse may be difficult to identify - even by the victims themselves. Direct and overt or disguised and covert, domestic violence may vary from situation to situation.
The three main types of abuse are:
The improper use of another person for sexual purposes, generally without their consent or under physical or psychological pressure. (Despite the fact that the Indian Penal Code does not recognize sexual abuse as a crime within the parameters of a marriage, marital rape and sexual abuse occurs frequently, and often goes hand-in-hand with physical abuse in a relationship.)
The use of physical force to intimidate, coerce, manipulate the actions of another person. Types of physical abuse include hitting, kicking, punching, hair-pulling, slapping, pinching, acid or kerosene burning, and the use of weapons against another.
The use psychological coercion and manipulation to compel the actions or dictate the behavior of another person. Emotional abuse can include name-calling, the use of derogatory words, shouting, and verbalized threats of violence.