ABUSE

Physical abuse is an act of another party involving contact intended to cause feelings of physical paininjury, or other physical suffering or bodily harm

  • Throwing something hard at you to cause pain  such as an object like a, book, shoe or plate.
  • Pushing or pulling you.
  • Shoving you or throwing you into a wall or object
  • Grabbing your clothing.
  • Grabbing your hair and dragging you
  • Using a gun, knife, box cutter, bat, or other weapons to force you to do something
  • Forcing you to have sex or perform a sexual act against your will
  • Grabbing your face to make you look at them.
  • Grabbing you to prevent you from leaving or to force you to go somewhere.

There are many behaviors that qualify as Emotional or Verbal Abuse:

  • Calling you names and putting you down.
  • Yelling and screaming at you.
  • Intentionally embarrassing you in public.
  • Preventing you from seeing or talking with friends and family.
  • Telling you what to do and wear.
  • Blaming your actions for their abusive or unhealthy behavior.
  • Stalking you.
  • Threatening to commit suicide to keep you from breaking up with them.
  • Threatening to harm you, your pet or people you care about.
  • Making you feel guilty or immature when you don’t consent to sexual activity.
  • Starting rumors about you.
  • Threatening to have your children taken away.

A relationship can be unhealthy or abusive even without physical violence. Verbal abuse may not cause physical damage, but it does cause emotional pain and scarring. It can also lead to physical violence if the relationship continues on the unhealthy path its on.

Sometimes verbal abuse is so bad that you actually start believing what your partner says. You begin to think you’re stupid, ugly or fat. You agree that nobody else would ever want to be in a relationship with you. Constantly being criticized and told you aren’t good enough causes you to lose confidence and lowers your self esteem. As a result, you may start to blame yourself for your partner’s abusive behavior.
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