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.
  • Neglect.
  • Forced confinement.
  • Stalking
  • Shaking a baby
  • Threatening to harm or harming people or animals

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