Types of Abuse

Abuse of women can take many forms. It can be verbal, emotional, psychological, sexual, physical and financial.

Physical

This includes any unwanted or non-consensual physical contact or assault, such as punching, slapping, hitting, kicking, dragging, pulling of hair, spitting at or on, choking, pinching, etc.

Verbal and Emotional

Involves the attack on one’s emotional and mental wellbeing through name-calling and put-downs. This leaves you feeling emotionally insecure about yourself and your relationship.

Psychological

Any threatening, intimidating, isolating or controlling behaviour. This includes threatening to harm you, your children or pets, slamming doors, limiting you from leaving the home, using the phone and seeing your friends and family, controlling how you dress, who you talk to, etc.

Sexual

Any unwanted, non-consensual sexual contact or comments. This includes forced intercourse, comparing you sexually to other women, making you feel guilty, acting as if it is their “right”, etc.

Financial

Taking control of all finances. This includes allowing you no access to or knowledge of the family finances, taking your money, making you provide receipts to validate your spending, expecting you to pay for everything, etc.