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What Is Domestic Violence

Regardless of gender, age, and sexual orientation, anyone could become a victim of domestic violence. However, because of a physical disparity between the genders, women are more vulnerable. According to the statistics of WHO1, almost 30% of females worldwide have suffered from violence by their spouses.   

As a creeping crisis mostly happens in intimate relationships, many abusive behaviors can be hard to perceive in an early stage. Since domestic violence always takes various forms, the real cases can be much more complex than expected. 


How Common Could Domestic Abuse Be In China?

According to the data from China Women’s Federation in 2018:

Among 270 million families in China, at least 30% of married women were struggling with domestic violence.

In every 7.4 seconds, there is a female beaten by her husband.

Among 157 thousand annual average female suicide, 60% are triggered by domestic violence.

Before reporting to the police, each victim has already experienced domestic abuse on average 35 times.


Emotional Abuse

 Intentional behavior that threatens and undermines an intimate partner’s self-esteem. Common embodiments include disparaging words, isolation, public shaming, criticism, refusal to communicate. Emotional abuse can damage a victim’s mental health by causing stress, anxiety, and depression.

Physical Abuse

Any physical harm caused by a spouse, such as slap, hit, punch, push, and kick. In addition to this violence leaving external injuries, it could also take place in a less recognized way, such as a choke. Serious cases may end in femicide.

Economic Abuse

Economic violence is generally accompanied by other abusive behaviors to control your access to money or resources. For instance, the perpetrator takes your wages, stops you from working, or puts you in debt. Some cases can even result in homeless. 

Sexual Abuse

Any forced sexual acts and verbal harassment without your consent. For instance, pressing you to have unsafe sex, hurting you, or coercing you to change your behavior during the sex. One criterion can be whether you are afraid of or feel stressed about your partner.  

  1. World Health Organisation[]