Domestic abuse is more than just hitting. Violence is one of the most obvious and serious signs of abuse, but there are many others. Any time a boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife, or family member makes you feel scared, threatened, or under their power, they're being abusive. Here are some of the most common forms of abuse:
this means using words to hurt another person. This might include:
is like verbal abuse, but it's more about using an emotional bond to hurt or control another person. It might include:
- Name calling
- Demeaning nicknames
- Using language to control you or make you feel powerless
is using physical strength to hurt and control someone else.
- Being kind and caring one minute, and then cold and
distant the next.
- Getting jealous about the smallest things
- Forbidding you to talk to other people
- Refusing to trust you or believe what you say
this means using money to control and limit another person, including:
- Unwanted touching
- Any other unwanted sexual contact
- Refusing to practice safe sex
It's important to know that most abusers don't only stick to one kind of abuse. Dating abuse can start as mild outbursts every once in a while, and grow into something more serious. Some abusers do not move past verbal and emotional abuse, but with others what starts as verbal abuse can become physical and/or sexual abuse. In general, abuse happens more often and gets more serious over time.
- Taking control of your money
- Refusing to give you money unless you do what your
- Refusing to let you work for your own money