is the most obvious to identify. It includes hitting slapping,
pushing, kicking, shoving, pinching, choking, pulling hair, scratching,
or biting. Physical assault may also include throwing objects, inflicting
burns or using weapons.
often starts with demeaning jokes, sexual name-calling,
and unwanted touching. It includes any forced sexual activity or
coercion into activity that the victim is uncomfortable with, excessive
jealousy, sexual accusations, or flaunting of other relationships.
It is often accompanied by violence or the threat of violence.
our feelings. It includes verbal abuse and name-calling, put
downs, ridicule, and humiliation, which lead
to poor self-esteem, and feelings of low worthiness. It includes
fear by threats against the victim or her/his loved ones, threats
of suicide, or blackmail. It can take the form of reckless driving,
playing with a weapon, or hurting pets. The insidious and unpredictable
element of psychological abuse erodes judgement and
Psychological or emotional abuse includes
trying to make you feel bad in public, making fun of you, keeping
you away from
friends, neighbours and other day-to-day contacts and keeping you
shut up at home. This is all about controlling who you see, how
you think and where you go. Psychological abuse may also include
what you read and how you dress, or being rude to your family and/or
friends. Making you do things that are illegal and threatening
to report you to police or welfare services are other ways of keeping
Psychological abuse includes taking your
money, restricting what you buy or stopping you from getting a
job or getting at money.
This is to make you depend on the other person for money.