Types of Victimization

The following is a list of ways in which a person can be victimized by an offender.  Please note that this is not an exhaustive list.  We encourage you to contact us if you feel that you’ve been victimized or your know someone who has suffered victimization.


Sexual Violence: Sexual violence is defined as oral, anal, or vaginal penetration by or union with the sexual organ of another or the oral, anal, or vaginal penetration of another by any other object, without the consent of the victim. Some examples of sexual violence are:


  • Sexual misconduct
  • Rape
  • Sexual touching
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Sexual harassment

Relationship Violence: Relationship violence can be defined as repeated behaviors such as threats, verbal abuse and physical assaults, involving adults who are in an intimate dating relationship. Relationship violence typically refers to two adults who are not married, not living together, and have no children in common. This definition applies applies to same sex couples relationships as well as heterosexual relationships.


Domestic Violence: Domestic violence can be defined as any assault, aggravated assault, battery, sexual battery, stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member on another. Domestic violence typically refers to persons who are living together as a family, are married, or have a child in common. Louisiana law defines domestic abuse as “the intentional use of force or violence committed by one household member upon the person of another household member.”


Other Types of Victimization:

  • Physical Assault & Battery
  • Hate & Bias Crimes
  • Stalking
  • Theft
  • Threat of Harm


Parts of the above information have been borrowed and adapted with permission from Florida State University.