Abuse is a pattern of behavior used to gain and maintain power and control, and it can come in many forms. Explore the tabs below to learn a few of the common ways abuse can occur so you can better identify them. Experiencing even one or two of these in a relationship is a red flag that abuse may be present. Remember, each type of abuse is serious and no one deserves to experience any form of it.

Types of Abuse:

Physical Abuse: Physical Abuse includes pushing, shoving, slapping, kicking, punching, hitting, spitting, pinching, pulling hair, choking, throwing things, hitting victims with an object, and using or threatening to use a weapon.

Sexual Abuse: Sexual Abuse is forced unwanted sex, demanding the partner wear more (or less) provocative clothing; forced sex in any form; insisting the partner act out fantasies, and denial of the partner’s sexuality.

Verbal Abuse: Verbal Abuse is a form of abusive behavior involving the use of language (criticizing, name-calling, put downs threatening, blaming). Verbal abuse is a pattern of behavior that can seriously interfere with one’s positive emotional development and over time, can lead to significant detriment to one’s self-esteem, emotional well-being and physical state.

Financial Abuse: Financial Abuse occurs when one’s are not allowed to have money or any control over money. This could include running up large debts in one’s name or selling one’s possessions without permission.

Isolation: Isolation occurs when anybody is isolated from their family, friends, and community as a way for their partner to stay in control. Their partner may be extremely jealous of any contacts they have, forbid them to have contact with anyone, or monitor their phone calls, mail or daily activities. Sometimes their partner may use intimidation or threats to control them.

Emotional/psychological Abuse: It can cause anxiety and depression and cause anyone to withdraw from everyone or everything around you. Examples of this type of abuse include insulting from family or friends, ridiculing beliefs, race or religion, using constant put downs, threatening suicide.


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