Types of Abuse
There are a lot of ways that a person might control or abuse their partner. Here are some examples of common types of abuse. Not all relationships include all of the things listed here and there may be other ways people are being abused that we haven’t mentioned.
- Verbal/Emotional abuse - Insulting you in front of other people, calling you names or embarrassing you in public.
- Isolation - Not letting you see your friends or family, only wanting you to hang out with them.
- Controlling behaviors - Telling you what you can and can’t do, texting or calling constantly to see what you are doing and who you are with, reading your e-mails or Facebook to check up on you.
- Extreme jealousy and possessiveness - Getting mad if you get a text message from someone else or if you spend time with friends, accusing you of cheating on them.
- Threats to hurt you or themselves, to leave you, or to spread a secret or rumor about you.
- Physical violence - Pushing, shoving, biting, slapping, punching, kicking.
- Sexual abuse - Forcing you to have sex, unwanted kissing or touching, not letting you use birth control.
- Intimidation - Making you afraid with a look or gesture.
- Minimization, denial, & blame - Telling you that your fears are all in your head, making you feel like the abuse is your fault.