Domestic abuse is not simply physical violence. It comes in many forms, one of which is emotional abuse. This behavior is designed by the perpetrator to control their spouse or family member. It includes verbal abuse, constant criticism, intimidation, threats, and manipulation.
Three general forms of emotional abuse include:
1) Aggressive – this type of behavior includes ordering, threatening with some sort of punishment, demeaning, blaming everything on the other person, and bullying. This creates a feeling of unequal footing or that one person is better, stronger or smarter than the other.
2) Denial – this type of behavior tries to distort or invalidate the other person’s feelings. The perpetrator refuses to believe or accept the other’s views and denies that he said or did certain things. This is in an attempt to make the recipient feel inadequate, crazy or useless therefore undermining his/her position.
3) Minimize – this type of behavior acknowledges that a certain situation occurred but than trivializes the recipients reaction. This comes across as “You’re always worried” or “You’re too emotional”. This lowers the person’s self-esteem by making them question their own beliefs.
Individuals in abusive relationships often have a lack of self-worth and feel powerless to get out of situation. Many women accept the abuse because they are afraid that if they go to the police, the abuser will retaliate against them even worse than ever before. Therefore the cycle continues until something serious happens and the legal system gets involved. If you recognize yourself as the abuser in any of these forms, it’s highly recommended to learn to stop the cycle with a domestic violence course before it escalates.
If you have been involved in a domestic violence dispute and court ordered to take a domestic violence or batterers intervention program, taking them online will be the most convenient way to accomplish this requirement. It can be very difficult to find an in-person class that works with your schedule. This is especially true if you travel for a living, work nights and weekends or just have a lot on your plate. Online dv classes can be taken from any location in the U.S., 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from any computer or Internet ready device. There is nothing to download or print out so you don’t need to be sitting in an office environment. Once you register for the 8, 12, 16, 26, 36 or 52-hour class, it becomes immediately available to you on your computer screen. You simply read through the material and take a final exam at the end of the course. Once the final is successfully passed with a 70% or better, a Certificate of Completion will be sent out to you. The certificate is the official document that proves to the court that you fulfilled the legal requirements. The certificate is sent to you free or you can pay to upgrade shipping to get it faster. The certificate can also be made available to you via an instant download.
Online classes are also the way to go for people who are short on time or have a court deadline. A traditional 8-hour domestic violence class in a classroom will generally take 2 months to finish (1 hour a week). Online classes allow the client to take the class at their own convenience. Specifically, if you have a deadline of 1 week, the client can theoretically sit and take the 8-hour online domestic violence class in one day or one weekend. Fulfill your court requirements today with an online domestic violence class and get your paperwork tomorrow!