What is domestic violence?
Domestic violence is any intentional action or non-action which is used to gain and maintain control over another person in an intimate relationship. It may involve physical, sexual, economical, emotional and/or psychological abuse. A few examples include pushing, hitting, threatening, rape/sexual assault, insults, controlling finances, forced isolation, using one's children as a means of manipulation, stalking, intimidation or extreme jealousy.
Domestic Violence is the continuous pervasive use of threats, intimidation, coercion and manipulation through privilege and violence (physical/sexual/emotional) to instill fear in the partner of intimate relationship. It is a form of control over another person.
What is sexual assault?
Sexual assault (or sexual abuse) is any type of sexual activity that one does not agree to, including:
inappropriate touching, vaginal, anal, or oral penetration, sexual intercourse without consent, rape or attempted rape, or child molestation.
Sexual assault can be verbal, visual, or anything that forces a person to join in unwanted sexual contact or attention. Examples of this are voyeurism (when someone watches private sexual acts), exhibitionism (when someone exposes him/herself in public), incest (sexual contact between family members), and sexual harassment. It can happen in different situations, by a stranger in an isolated place, on a date, or in the home by someone you know.