Abuse is a pattern of behavior used by one person to gain and maintain power and control over another.
Many people, when they hear the word “abuse,” think of physical violence. It’s important to note that physical force is one means of power and control and it is far from the only one. It’s often not the first one an abuser will use.
Physical Abuse: any way making someone feel physically unsafe, including punching, hitting, slapping, kicking, strangling, or physically restraining a partner against their will.
Verbal/Emotional Abuse: includes non-physical behaviors like threats, insults, constant monitoring or “checking-in,” humiliation, isolation, or stalking.
Sexual Abuse: any behavior that pressures or coerces someone into doing something sexual that they don’t want to do.
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