Types of Abuse

When most people think of abuse or violence, they think of it as just being physical.  However, abuse and violence can happen in different ways.  Each type of abuse is serious and no one deserves to experience any form of it. 

Emotional Abuse/Verbal Abuse

Non-physical behaviors such as threats, insults, constant monitoring or “checking in,” excessive texting, humiliation, intimidation, or isolation.


Being repeatedly watched, followed, or harassed.

Financial Abuse

Using money or access to accounts to exert power and control over a partner.

Physical Abuse

Any intentional use of physical force with the intent to cause fear or injury.  Hitting, shoving, biting, strangling, kicking, or using a weapon are forms of physical abuse.

Sexual Abuse

Any action that impacts a person's ability to control their sexual activity or the circumstances in which sexual activity occurs.  This can include forced or coerced sex, as well restricting access to birth control or condoms.

Digital Abuse

The use of technology such as texting and social networking to bully, harass, stalk or intimidate a partner. Often this behavior is a form of verbal or emotional abuse perpetrated through technology.

from: Loveisrespect.org