One of the most common questions I get as a domestic violence advocate is about physical violence. Is physical violence present in a relationship only when the target is being injured, or can physical violence also extend to violence against inanimate objects?
Is punching holes in walls domestic violence?
What about throwing things, slamming doors in a rage, or other physically intimidating acts? Do these count as physical abuse?
The answer is yes, yes, and yes.
I'm Jenny duBay, a domestic abuse survivor and now advocate. My degree is in Christian theology with a concentration on spiritual direction, and my vocational emphasis is on helping those who have suffered from domestic abuse to heal and reclaim their true selves.