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Types of Abuse

Abuse is a pattern of physically and emotionally violent and coercive behaviors that one person uses to exercise power and control over another. Abusers may use verbal insults, emotional abuse, financial deprivation, threats, and/or sexual and physical violence as a way to dominate their partners and get their way. Here are some examples of abusive behaviors.

Most battering includes two or more of the following types of violence:

Physical Abuse: Includes slapping, punching, kicking, choking, grabbing, restraining, shoving, and the use of weapons.

Sexual Abuse: Includes forcing someone to have sex against their will or forcing a partner to participate in sexual acts that the partner is not comfortable with doing.

Psychological Abuse: Includes threatening to use physical violence, name calling, continually putting down the other person’s abilities or worth.

Destruction of Property: Includes throwing objects, putting holes in walls, destroying property belonging to a partner or hurting the family pet.


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