Physical abuse is any intentional and unwanted contact with you or something close to your body. Sometimes abusive behavior does not cause pain or even leave a bruise, but it’s still unhealthy. Examples include pulling hair, grabbing clothing, hitting, and throwing items at you or near you.
Are you being emotionally manipulated through humiliation, threats, mind games, cruel behaviour, or extreme jealousy and accusations? These are all methods of emotional abuse and should be taken as seriously as any other form.
Unwanted or non-consensual touching or intercourse (sexual assault), as well as using guilt or other forms of manipulation to force sexual acts is a serious form of abuse. Common feelings of sexual abuse include feeling pressured, afraid, or uncomfortable before, during, and after sex.
If you are being punished for practicing your chosen faith, or forced/shamed into a belief system, you are experiencing spiritual abuse.
Psychological abuse is present if you’re being threatened or controlled in any way, and is often experienced with (or as a result of) other forms of abuse.
Are you being withheld from having money, a job, or a say in your own finances? This form of abuse is about power and control.