People often think of domestic violence as physical abuse. Physical abuse includes shoving, slapping, choking, kicking, using weapons, and murder. Domestic violence also includes many more behaviors, such as sexual abuse, emotional abuse, verbal abuse, and economic abuse. Power and control are at the center of domestic violence. 

If you are fearful of physical or verbal abuse from a household member, the law provides significant support for you. In those situations, call the police directly. A police officer will assist you in learning about how the law protects you, what kind of resources are available to you, and if necessary will take action to help you obtain an emergency restraining order and provide for your physical safety.
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