When your spouse accuses you of domestic abuse, it may be hard to take, especially if it's not the truth. However, sometimes domestic abuse can be downplayed as normal marital conflict. Here's a look at the differences between the two.
Marriage is not only challenging, but it's also an opportunity. Forming and maintaining an intimate bond with another person can be very difficult at times. This can lead to conflict in many ways. Those willing to work through the challenges come out on the other side as better companions, lovers and partners. Some of the conflicts of marriage include:
These are all very common marital conflicts and they can lead to domestic abuse when handled improperly. However, when these issues are handled without the blame game, screaming, physical abuse and name calling, they can lead to a very happy and healthy marriage.
Domestic abuse usually stems from a normal marital conflict that has gotten out of hand. When these conflicts are not handled properly, they won't get solved and abuse can enter into the situation. Some of the most common forms of abuse include:
Basically, anything nonproductive in solving marital conflict in a healthy manner can be viewed as abuse. However, there is a fine line between being abused and just a marital spat. Marriage comes with conflict, but solving it requires communication and compromise, not abuse.