Different Types of Abuse

There are many different types of abuse that a victim may experience in an abusive relationship.  These different types of abuse are physical, sexual, verbal, emotional, financial, and digital abuse.  Let's take a look at each.



Physical Abuse 

Physical abuse is any unwanted physical forced contact to your body causing bodily injury and pain.

Examples are:

  •  Hitting, scratching, punching, biting, choking, and kicking
  • Objects being thrown, such as a shoe, lamp, a bottle, or chair
  • Forcefully being held down against your will
  • Grabbing of the face
  • Use of weapons such as guns, knives, bats, and box cutters
  • Cigarette burns
  • Drowning
  • Head butting
  • Being forcefully tied up
  • Restricting one from not having food or medicine
  • Black eyes, broken teeth, broken bones, and internal injuries

Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse is when a person has nonconsensual forced or coerced sex with a person against his or her will.


  • Kissing or fondling of one's genitals
  • Unwanted rough or violent sex
  • Rape or attempted rape
  • Purposely passing std's or an infection to a partner
  • Using objects to cause physical pain during sex
  • Restricting one from using contraceptives during sex



  • You have the right to decide what you will and will not do sexually.
  • Women are not the only victims.  Men and children are also victims of sexual abuse.
  • Sexual abuse also occurs in same sex relationships.
  • Sexual abuse can happen by someone you know, are married to, by someone your dating, or has had sexual relations with before.
  • Both men and women can be sexual perpetrators whether they are young teens or elderly adults.


Verbal and Emotional Abuse

You may be in an verbal or emotional abusive relationship if they

  • Call you names
  • Start false rumors about you
  • Drive recklessly
  • Uses lies to manipulate you
  • Threatens to harm you, family, and friends
  • Threatens to commit suicide
  • Destruction of property 



  • Walk away without answering your questions
  • Ignores your feelings
  • Threatens to leave you
  • Acts childish but accuses you of being immature
  • Tells people you're crazy
  • Cause self injury to themselves
  • Telling you what to do and what to wear

Digital abuse

Digital abuse is the use of digital technologies such as cell phone, email, texting, and social sites to harass, stalk, bully, to intimidate their partner.


  • Stealing your password
  • Checking your phone, searching through incoming and outgoing calls, and checking your contact list
  • Use social sites such as facebook  and twitter to talk negative about you
  • Send negative messages through text and emails
  • Threatens to harm you if you don't answer your phone when they call
  • Hacks in to your accounts
  • Tells you who can and cannot be friends with on social sites

Always remember:

  • You do not have to share password with anyone.  You have a right to your privacy.
  • You do not have to answer your phone if you choose not to.
  • Don't allow people to tag or post pictures of you, you have control over your settings.
  • You have the right to choose who your friends will be.

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence let them know help is available to them at 1-800-799-safe they will direct you to help in your area.






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