The skyrocketing figures of domestic violence are, regrettably, nothing new. Reports of women turned black and blue from beatings have become mainstream television content. The debilitating effects on victims are also now widely known. The first step in protecting one’s self against abuse is by being familiar with its scope. When people think of domestic violence, physical battery is the first thing that comes to mind. The truth, however, is that it comes in many other faces: Economic: Actions that intend to make the victim financially helpless such as forbidding employment, withholding access, or maintaining total control over financial resources Emotional: Damaging the victim’s self-esteem through acts like belittling abilities, humiliation, insults, and manipulation of feelings. Sexual: This aspect involves non-consensual sex such as marital rape, forced prostitution, acquaintance rape, and unwanted acts (e.g. compelling an unwilling partner to engage in sodomy).