Types of Abuse

Domestic Abuse is “the abuse of power and control over one person by another” & can take many different forms.

Physical abuse:
“Any act where an individual attempts to farm an other through physical means.”

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Emotional Abuse:

“Any act where on partner controls or humiliates the other…involving a person’s attempts to frighten, control or isolate.

“It is in the abuser’s words and actions, as well as their persistence in these behaviours.”

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Coercive Control:

“A pattern of intimidation, degradation, isolation and control, with the use of, or threat of physical or sexual violence.”

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Narcissistic Abuse:

“A pattern of manipulative, controlling behaviour that involves both verbal abuse and emotional manipulation.”

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Financial/Economic Abuse:

“Controlling through economic domination or draining finances through extortion, theft, manipulation of gambling. Or by accruing debt in you name of selling your personal property.”

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Verbal Abuse: 

“The act of forcefully criticizing, insulting or denouncing another person.

“Characterised by underlying anger and hostility, it is intended to harm the th other person and produce negative emotions.”

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Sexual Abuse:

“A form of physical abuse. Forced sex, even by a spouse or intimate partner, with whom you have consensual sex, is an act of aggression and violence.”

Honour-based Abuse:

“A collection of practises, violence and threats, used to control behaviour at the hands of family or community, in order to protect perceived cultural and religious beliefs and/or honour.”

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Warning signs

“Red flags” are indicators that you are potentially dealing with a toxic person and headed into an abusive situation.

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