Can a verbal threat be considered domestic violence?

Yes, a threat or threats can be domestic violence and often is. Threatening to hit a person, to harm a person, or brandishing or displaying a weapon to a person is domestic violence. Often domestic violence appears in psychological blackmail or extortion, that is, threatening to tell confidential information or reveal personal facts. A man who forces his wife to the edge of a high place knowing she fears heights commits violence against her. The same with a man who causes her fear by pretending to push her off the edge.