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What is Abuse?

Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors which keeps one partner in a position of power over the other partner through the use of fear, intimidation and control. It can happen to people who are married or not married; heterosexual, gay or lesbian; rich or poor; or living together, separated, or dating. 

There are many types of abuse:


Physical Abuse (easier to recognize than other types of abuse):


  • Grabbing, pinching, shoving, hair pulling shaking, kicking, slapping, hitting, biting, throwing, strangling/choking, burning

  • Denying access to medical care or medication

  • Destruction of personal property

  • Use of weapons to threaten or injure

  • Denying access to food, water, sleep


Emotional Abuse (causing fear by intimidation and/or threats in order to maintain control:


  • Threats of physical harm to partner, children, family, friends or self

  • Destruction of property and pets

  • Forced isolation from family, friends, school and/or work

  • Verbal attacks, criticizes and humiliates partner in public

  • Possessive jealousy


Sexual Abuse (coercing, attempting to coerce, or forcing without consent, another to participate unwillinginly in any sexual act or behavior):

  • Rape

  • Forced sex after physical beatings

  • Treating partner in a sexually demeaning manner

  • Coercing partner into sexual acts he/she is uncomfortable with, such as sex with others, physically painful sex

  • Denying partner contraception or protection against sexually transmitted diseases

  • Forcing partner to dress in a certain way



Economic Abuse (making or attempting to make a person financially dependent):

  • Using money to control, intimidate and/or isolate a partner

  • Controlling and denying access to all money and financial resources

  • Forbidding or sabotaging attendance at school or employment

  • Refusing to work and forcing partner to support the family

  • Ruining victim’s credit rating



Harassment & Stalking (purposely or knowingly engaging in a serious of actions targeted at another with the intent to cause emotional distress):

  • Frequent, uninvited visits to victim’s home or work, or any other place he/she regularly frequents

  • Repeated, unwanted contact by any means

  • Following or observing someone’s actions for an extended period of time