There tends to be a cycle of behavior, known as the cycle of violence, in abusive relationships.
That cycle includes the tension-building, explosive, and tranquility/honeymoon stages.
Types of domestic abuse include physical, verbal (also called emotional, mental, or psychological abuse), sexual, economic/financial, and spiritual abuse. GLBT Domestic Violence: Similarities and Differences.
Stalking and cyber-stalking are also forms of intimate partner abuse.
Research into deaths that result from intimate partner abuse in the United States and Austria indicate that more than 50% of women murdered are the result of domestic violence and 4%-9% of men are killed as victims of domestic violence.
Another formidable obstacle includes a lack of knowing other admitted GLBT victims of domestic violence, as well as the smallness of the community, which can make it difficult for battered men and women in the GLBT community to live anonymously from their abuser in the same town.
Sexual abuse refers to any behavior that uses sex to control or demean the victim, like intimidating the victim into engaging in unsafe sex or sexual practices in which he or she does not want to participate.
Economic or financial abuse is described as limiting the victim's financial freedom or security.
Media reporting of celebrities' domestic abuse victimization demonstrates that even the most accomplished individuals can be involved in this problem. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Violence Against Women Office.
The statistics about those who are affected by intimate partner violence are staggering; domestic abuse affects 3%-5% of current adult relationships in the United States, including more than 2 million women. "Physical dating violence among high school students-United States, 2003." Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 55(10), 532-535, May 2006.