Abuse is a pattern of controlling behavior. In families, an abusive person can use many tactics to gain power over another family member. Examples include:
- Damaging personal property.
- Name-calling, put-downs and other forms of verbal and emotional abuse.
- Hitting, punching, kicking and other forms of physical abuse.
- Sexual abuse.
- Forced confinement.
- Shaking a baby
- Threatening to harm or harming people or animals