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Examples of Abuse:

Physical Abuse

  • Pushing, shoving, kicking you; holding you down
  • Throwing objects at you 
  • Biting, stabbing, burning, or choking you
  • Threatening or hurting you with a weapon

Sexual Abuse

  • Forcing you to engage in sexual acts that make you feel uncomfortable
  • Seeing you as property or a sex object rather than a person
  • Forcing you to dress a certain way
  • Forcing you to engage in sexual acts with others

Emotional Abuse

  • Verbally abusing, belittling, or humiliating you in front of friends, family, colleagues, or on social media
  • Ignoring or putting down your opinions or accomplishments
  • Treating you so badly you are embarrassed and avoid family or friends
  • Criticizing your thoughts, actions, and abilities to undermine your belief in yourself


  • Being possessive, acting jealous, or harassing you with accusations of being unfaithful
  • Taking away your car keys, phone, medication, or money
  • Trying to control where you go and what you do
  • Keeping you from seeing family or friends

Intimidation and Threats

  • Frightening you with looks, gestures, or actions
  • Threatening to make false allegations about you to friends, employer, or police
  • Displaying weapons during an argument
  • Threatening to leave you or commit suicide

Using the Children

  • Calling you a bad parent
  • Using the children to make you feel guilty
  • Threatening to hurt, kidnap, or kill the children
  • Using the children as pawns in the relationship
  • Involving the children in spying or reporting on you

People with Disabilities Abuse

  • Misusing fiances or exploitation of funds
  • Isolating them from other people or activities
  • Minimizing their capabilities
  • Destroying or disabling their equipment
  • Manipulating or withholding medication
  • Refusing to provide essential personal assistance

Cyber Stalking and Cyber Bullying

  • Sharing photos or personal information against your wishes
  • Reading your email or text messages without your consent
  • Cyber attacks, intimidation, and unwanted sexting
  • Obsessively calling, texting, or emailing

Bullying or Harassing Behavior

  •  Physical conduct ranging from uninvited touching, patting, pinching, or pushing
  • Saying lewd comments or making unwelcome sexual advances
  • Making demeaning comments about a person’s appearance
  • Spreading malicious rumors or gossip
  • Using obscene gestures, leering, or whistling
  • Telling unwelcome jokes, using abusive language, or making comments  about a person’s age, race, gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation