Domestic violence often includes physical abuse. However, it’s problematic to assume that people may not endure other types of abuse that do not appear as obvious from the outside. They do. One example is ambient abuse.
Ambient abuse focuses on creating a general atmosphere of stress and hostility. Examples of actions that can do this include:
- Threatening to commit physical violence
- Manipulating the other person
- Eroding their self-confidence
- Insulting them and putting them down
- Making them feel isolated and alone
- Saying that their feelings are not realistic or not valid
- Playing mind games
In some cases, the victims of this type of abuse feel like they are losing their minds or going crazy. They do not even know why. It can be very disconcerting, and that is often the goal.
Now, if you have been accused of domestic violence, and someone has a restraining order against you, you may feel very shocked and confused. You do not know what you did wrong; you know for certain that you never physically assaulted or injured that person.
The reason could be their interpretation of other events. Did you do anything that they may see as a threat of violence? Maybe you just thought it was a joke, but they didn’t take it that way. This can lead to some serious complications.
When those complications turn legal, a misunderstanding may result in life-changing criminal charges. You absolutely need to know what defense options you have, what steps you can take and all of the things that you can do to defend your future and your relationships with loved ones.