It can also include driving recklessly or invading someone’s physical space, and in any other way making someone feel physically unsafe. Sexual While sexual abuse can be a form of physical abuse, we put it in a category by itself because it can include both physical and non-physical components.

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Many people, when they hear the word “abuse,” think of physical violence.

It’s important to note that physical force is one means of power and control and it is far from the only one. Below are six different types of abuse we discuss in our training with new volunteers or employees. Physical This is the type of abuse that many people think of when they hear the word ‘abuse.’ It can include punching, hitting, slapping, kicking, strangling, or physically restraining a partner against their will.

It can happen on a first date, or when you are deeply in love.

It can happen whether you are young or old, and in heterosexual or same-sex relationships.

Dating violence is violence that occurs within a dating relationship rather than, say, marriage; and dating violence is as much a problem for teenagers as it is for adults.

In fact, statistics show that one-in-three teenagers have experienced teenage domestic violence in a dating relationship.An abusive partner might also use sex as a means to judge their partner and assign a value – in other words, criticizing or saying that someone isn’t good enough at sex, OR that sex is the only thing they’re good for.Because sex can be so loaded with emotional and cultural implications, there are any number of ways that the feelings around it can be uniquely used for power and control.Sexual and non-sexual physical abuse also co-occur in many abusive relationships (Browne, 1987; Mahoney & Williams, 1998; Walker, 1984), and, as with emotional abuse, sexual and non-sexual abuse often are combined elements of a single abusive incident (Bergen, 1996; Browne, 1987; Finkelhor & Yllo, 1985; Russell, 1990; Walker, 1984).As discussed by Tolman (1992), it may be somewhat artificial to separate emotional abuse from physical forms of abuse because physical forms of abuse also inflict emotional and psychological harm to victims, and both forms of abuse serve to establish dominance and control over another person.Dating violence is always wrong, and you can get help.