FORMS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE

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PHYSICAL ABUSE

Physical abuse is any violence or intentional and unwanted contact with your body.

Some examples of physical abuse are:

  • Scratching, punching, biting, strangling or kicking.

  • Throwing something at you such as a phone, book, shoe or plate.

  • Pulling your hair.

  • Pushing or pulling you.

  • Grabbing your clothing.

  • Grabbing you to prevent you from leaving or to force you to go somewhere.

 

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EMOTIONAL

Emotional abuse includes threats, insults, humiliation, intimidation, isolation or stalking.

Some examples of emotional abuse are:

  • Calling you names and putting you down.

  • Yelling and screaming at you.

  • Intentionally embarrassing you in public.

  • Preventing you from seeing or talking with friends and family.

  • Telling you what to do and wear.

  • Damaging your property when they’re angry (throwing objects, punching walls, kicking doors, etc.)

  • Blaming your actions for their abusive or unhealthy behavior.

  • Threatening to commit suicide to keep you from breaking up with them.

  • Threatening to harm you, your pet or people you care about.

  • Making you feel guilty or immature when you don’t consent to sexual activity.

  • Threatening to have your children taken away.

 

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SEXUAL

Sexual abuse refers to any action that pressures you to do something sexually you don’t want to do.

Some examples of sexual abuse are:

  • Unwanted kissing or touching.

  • Unwanted rough or violent sexual activity.

  • Rape or attempted rape.

  • Refusing to use condoms or restricting your access to birth control.

  • Threatening you into unwanted sexual activity.

  • Pressuring or forcing you to have sex or perform sexual acts.

  • Using sexual insults toward you.

 

FINANCIAL ABUSE

can be very subtle — telling you what you can and cannot buy or requiring you to share control of your bank accounts.

Some examples of financial abuse are:

  • Giving you an allowance and closely watching what you buy.

  • Placing your wages in their account and denying you access to it.

  • Keeping you from seeing shared bank accounts or records.

  • Forbidding you to work or limiting the hours you do.

  • Preventing you from going to work i.e. by taking your car or keys.

  • Getting you fired by harassing you, your employer or coworkers on the job.

  • Maxing out your credit cards without your permission.

  • Refusing to give you money for food, rent, medicine or clothing.

  • Spending money on themselves but not allowing you to do the same.

 

COERCIVE CONTROL

A pattern of intimidation, degradation, isolation and control with the use or threat of physical or sexual violence.

Some examples of coercive control are:

  • Unreasonable demands.

  • Degradation.

  • Restricting daily activities.

  • Threats or intimidation.

  • Financial control.

  • Monitoring of time.

  • Taking your phone away.

  • Deprivation of food.

  • Destruction of possessions.

 

DIGITAL ABUSE

is the use of technologies such as texting and social networking to bully, harass, stalk or intimidate a partner. Often this behaviour is a form of verbal or emotional abuse perpetrated online.

Some examples of digital abuse are when someone:

  • Tells you who you can or can’t be friends with on Facebook and other sites.

  • Sends you negative, insulting or threatening emails, Facebook messages, tweets, direct messages or other messages online.

  • Uses sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others to keep constant tabs on you.

  • Posts negative things about you.

  • Sends you unwanted, explicit pictures and/or demands you send some in return.

  • Pressures you to send explicit video or sexts.

  • Steals or insists to be given your passwords.

  • Constantly texts you and makes you feel like you can’t be separated from your phone for fear that you will be punished.

  • Looks through your phone frequently, checks up on your pictures, texts and outgoing calls.

  • Tags you unkindly in pictures on Instagram, Tumblr, etc.

 

PSYCHOLOGICAL

A person subjecting another person to behaviour which may result in psychological trauma including anxiety, chronic depression or post-traumatic stress disorder.

Some examples of psychological abuse are:

  • Gaslighting – manipulating you into doubting your own sanity or reality.

  • Moving things around the house, or removing them and returning them later, then denying it.

  • Denying that you or they said things.

  • Telling you that people have said things about you, or that your friends don’t like you.

  • Telling you that you have a mental health condition when you haven’t.

  • Making derogatory jokes about you to others in front of you.

  • Name calling, telling you you are useless, stupid, worthless and mad.

  • Questions you endlessly about everything you do or say.

Aboud

A nurse practitioner who has dedicated his life to serving humanity. He is afriend, humanitarian, mentor and a listener struggling to make his mind and heart work together to make the best Impact in society. Aboud is widely recognized for his selflessness,straight forward speaking-style and love. He loves to write and inspire people.He has Always seen a better world for mankind.

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