In Georgia and other states, domestic violence can be broadly defined as any conflict that goes beyond typical relationship issues. It may take the form of emotional abuse, such as verbal threats, physical abuse, such as hitting or causing other bodily harm, or sexual abuse, such as unwanted touching or intercourse. Often, abusers will use a mixture of these types of abuse.
Signs of domestic violence or abuse typically manifest themselves after a relationship begins. Generally, an abuser comes across as charming or personable in public. However, this person may be abusive in private and take steps to isolate their partner from their friends and family.