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About Abuse

Types of Abuse

Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in a dating or domestic relationship. This abuse can be physical, sexual, verbal or emotional, or a combination of some or all of these.

Physical Abuse

Physical Abuse is any intentional unwanted contact with the victim's body by either the abuser or an object within the abuser's control. Physical abuse does not have to leave a mark or bruise.


Sexual Abuse

Sexual Abuse is any sexual behavior that is unwanted or interferes with the victim's right to say "no" to sexual advances.


Verbal/Emotional Abuse

Verbal/Emotional Abuse is anything that the abuser says or does to the victim that causes the victim to be afraid, lowers the victim's self esteem, or manipulates or controls the victim's feelings or behavior.