Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another. There are specific legal definitions of Domestic Violence in Oklahoma (§ 60.1). DV is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, nationality or educational background.
Violence against women is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior, and thus is part of a systematic pattern of dominance and control. Domestic violence results in physical injury, psychological trauma, and sometimes death. The consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and truly last a lifetime.
Sexual assault is any forced, coerced, unwanted sexual contact. While there are specific legal definitions of rape and sexual assault in Oklahoma (§ 1111), sexual violence is best understood as a broader continuum of unwanted non-mutual sexual activities that range from subtle to extremely violent.
Sexual assault can include, but is not limited to, the concepts of rape, sexual threats and intimidation, incest, sexual assault by intimate partners, child sexual abuse, human sexual trafficking, sexual harassment, street harassment and other forms of unwelcome, coerced or non-consensual activity. The terms sexual violence and sexual abuse are also often used to describe the wide range of activities that constitute sexual assault.
Stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. There are specific legal definitions of stalking in Oklahoma(§ 60.1). Some forms of stalking include, but not limited to, being follow by the stalker, the stalker showing up wherever you are, property damage, phone call monitoring and threatening to hurt you or friends, family and animals close to you.
Information retrieved from www.womenslaw.org