If you're still thinking that domestic abuse should be dealt with privately or it can only be called abuse if he physically assaults you, it is not that cut and dried. Our law says so.
Republic Act 9262, or the Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act states, "Violence against women and their children’ refers to any act or a series of acts committed by any person… which is likely to result in physical, sexual, psychological harm or suffering, or economic abuse including threats of such acts, battery, assault, coercion, harassment or arbitrary deprivation of liberty." Other than physcial, domestic abuse can be sexual in nature, psychological or emotional, and economical, as defined by the law.
Working to change public perception of what constitutes domestic abuse, social activist, writer, and artist Zahira Kelly started the hashtag #MaybeHeDoesn'tHitYou on Twitter to document her own experiences with domestic abuse and the stories of the people close to her. "For several years now on social media, on a daily basis I talk about many different forms of abuse and what they look like," she told BBC Trending.
Little did she know that it would encourage women all over the world to share their domestic abuse stories, all achingly told in 140 or less characters or less. Scrolling through the #MaybeHeDoesn'tHitYou can be an eye opener. When he blames you for everything
maybe he doesnt hit u. he just comes home angry at the world& broke& starts putting u down for being a useless parasite whos why hes broke.
• Threaten to harm you, your children, your family and/or your pets? • Tell you are worthless and that no one else will ever love you? • Isolate you from your friends and/or family? • Control your behavior and monitor your movements and whereabouts? • Tell you that you are crazy? • Demean you in public or in private? • Constantly criticize you? • Blame you for everything that goes wrong? • Stalk you? • Cause you to feel guilt over things that are not your fault? • Threaten to take away your children?