Types of Abuse

Domestic violence is the physical, sexual, or emotional violence occurring between partners in an ongoing relationship. There is no typical victim. It can happen to anyone at any time. Domestic violence knows no racial, age, or socioeconomic boundaries and occurs in all cultures.

You are being physically abused if someone…

  • Pushes or shoves you
  • Slaps or hits you
  • Pulls your hair
  • Kicks or punches you
  • Restrains you with force
  • Chokes you
  • Throws objects at you
  • Abandons you in a dangerous place

You are being emotionally abused if someone…

  • Withholds approval, appreciation, or affection as punishment
  • Continually criticizes you, calls you names, shouts at you
  • Makes all decisions for you
  • Wants to control all your actions
  • Humiliates you in public or private
  • Ridicules your most valued beliefs, your religion, race or heritage
  • Manipulates you with lies and contradictions
  • Subjects you to reckless driving

You are being sexually abused if someone…

  • Makes demeaning remarks about your gender
  • Calls you sexual names
  • Forces you to take off your clothing
  • Touches you in ways that make you feel uncomfortable
  • Forces you to have sex against your will
  • Treats you and members of your gender as objects
  • Insists you dress in a more sexual way than you want to dress, or
  • Insists you dress less sexually
  • Accuses you of sexual activity with others

You are being financially abused if someone…

  • Does not allow you to work when you want to
  • Forces you to work
  • Does not give you access to the money you are earning
  • Will not allow you to work, but refuses to give you money for basic essentials such as hygiene produces, school supplies, or groceries
  • Forces you to sign tax documents you know to be untrue
  • Takes out loans or credit cards in your name without your knowledge or consent

You are being spiritually abused if someone…

  • Does not allow you to go to church
  • Forces you to go to church
  • Does not allow you to express your religious beliefs
  • Forces you to adopt their religious beliefs
  • Uses religious texts to threaten you or as a justification for hurting you or your family

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