There are two dimensions to acts of violence in a society. The first dimension is the physical one that covers domestic violence and homicide. Domestic violence could also be categorised as domestic abuse and it includes physical, sexual and emotional abuse in relationships between couples and among family members.
The second dimension involves mental, emotional and psychological abuse. These are terms that are closely linked and can be used often, interchangeably. The aim of the offender in cases of emotional abuse is to diminish the confidence and self esteem of the victim. Tactics such as bullying and intimidation are used to exert control.