Different forms of abuse include physical, emotional, sexual, reproductive, financial, or digital. Although victims of domestic abuse can be of any gender, race, age, or sexual orientation, violence is most common in women ages 18 to 34 and among women and men of color. In addition, the chances of experiencing abuse almost doubles for bisexual, gay, and lesbian adults in California.
Physical abuse is the use of physical force against another person in a way that ends up injuring the person or puts the person at risk of being injured. Physical abuse ranges from physical restraint to murder. When someone talks of domestic violence, they are often referring to physical abuse of a spouse or intimate partner.
Domestic abuse that includes physical violence is called domestic violence. The victim of domestic abuse or domestic violence may be a man or a woman. Domestic abuse occurs in traditional heterosexual marriages, as well as in same-sex partnerships.