Forms of Abuse

ABA PosterThere are many forms of abuse, all of them unpleasant and no one deserves to be a victim of any of them.

Digital Abuse – technology, such as texting and social networking (Facebook, MySpace, etc.), is used to bully, harass, stalk or intimidate a partner. This is a form of verbal or emotional abuse perpetrated through technology.

Emotional Abuse/Verbal Abuse – nonphysical actions such as threats, insults, constant monitoring or “checking in”, excessive texting, humiliation, intimidation or isolation.

Financial Abuse – using money or access to accounts to exert power and control over a partner.

Physical Abuse – intentional use of physical force with the intent to cause fear or injury, such as hitting, shoving, biting, strangling, kicking or using a weapon.

Sexual Abuse – any action that impacts a person’s ability to control their sexual activity or the circumstances in which sexual activity occurs, including restricting access to control or condoms.

Stalking – being repeatedly watched, followed or harassed.

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