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.
Non-physical behaviors such as threats, insults, constant monitoring or “checking in,” excessive texting, humiliation, intimidation, or isolation.
Being repeatedly watched, followed, or harassed.
Using money or access to accounts to exert power and control over a partner.
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.
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.
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.