Types of Abuse

There are many different types of abuse. Physical, emotional, and sexual are just a few.

Physical Abuse
  • Hitting, Slapping, Punching, Choking, Biting, Throwing Objects
  • Kicking, Spitting, Pinching, Hair Pulling, Cutting
  • Burning, Shooting, Stabbing, Drowning
  • Physical Neglect through denial of food, basic necessities or medication
  • Inappropriate Personal Medical Care
  • Rough Handling or Confinement
Emotional Abuse
  • Depriving a partner or child of love and affection
  • Constant yelling, screaming
  • Name calling, insults, threats, humiliation or criticism
  • Isolation from friends, family, neighbours
  • Making fun of activities or talents
  • Twisting reality to make you think you are crazy
  • Saying things like “You are just like your mother or father”
  • Not allowing you to eat, sleep or go to the washroom
  • Threatening to hurt themselves, you or someone else
  • Sulking or the silent treatment for hours, days or weeks
  • Scaring by intimidation
  • Smashing or breaking things
  • Controlling your activities, who you see, what you do, needing to know where you are at all times and how long you will be there
  • Excessive jealousy
Sexual Abuse
  • Unwanted sexual touching
  • Forcing someone to participate in any unwanted, unsafe, degrading or offensive sexual activity
  • Forced to watch pornography or be the focus of sexual jokes
  • Sexual harassment or sexual exploitation
  • Controlling a woman’s reproductive choices
Destruction of Property or Pets
  • The attack is not done to the person but meant to cause fear, shame, and submission by destroying personal items, clothing, or things that mean a lot to the person
  • Hurt or kill a pet that belongs to the victim
Economic or Financial Abuse
  • Partner controls the family money/bank accounts
  • Makes the other person ask for money
  • May prevent partner from getting and keeping a job
  • Controlling occupational choices
  • Forcing partner to co-sign bank loans without any understanding or against their wishes
  • Victim not involved in financial decisions
Spiritual Abuse
  • Forcing partner to participate in religious gatherings/rituals against their will
  • Denying partner/children freedom of religion
  • Ridiculing beliefs and values
  • Using spiritual beliefs to justify controlling behaviour
  • Partner repeatedly follows you or someone known to you
  • Partner repeatedly communicates with you either directly or indirectly. Directly can be by telephone, texting, in person, leaving messages on answering machines, sending unwanted gifts, notes, letters, emails or social networking sites. Indirectly can be by contacting people you know or making repeated inquiries about you.
  • Partner threatens family members or friends
  • Partner breaks into your house or car, steals belongings
  • Partner vandalizes your property or belongings
  • Partner violates restraining or protection orders
  • Partner is persistently close by or watching your home or any place where you or anyone known to you live or work