TYPES OF ABUSE
Abuse can take place anywhere; at home, work, school, a place of worship or a place of business. Abusers can be strangers, casual acquaintances, employers, co-workers, service providers, friends, family, partners or spouses. It comes in many forms and is characterized by patterns of controlling and harmful behaviors and tactics. It is, sometimes, blatant and obvious and, at other times, calm and subtle. It is not always loud, profane or violent. It is not always, on the surface, out of control. Some people don’t even know they are being abused.
The key to avoiding abusive relationships is knowing how to recognize them. The most common types of abuse are:
Many of the behaviors and tactics found in abusive relationships fall into more than one category. This is because they can affect the victim in various ways and areas of their lives. It is important to identify them so that you can take the necessary steps to avoid or leave an abusive relationship. Click on the links above for more information.