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“Abuse” is a word that is thrown around a lot in casual conversation; but what defines abuse? How does one know if they are committing abuse or if they are being abused? The abuse definition is actually quite simple. According to the Gale Encyclopaedia of Medicine the definition of abuse is the following“Abuse” is a word that is thrown around a lot in casual conversion; but what defines abuse? How does one know if they are committing abuse or if they are being abused? The abuse definition is actually quite simple. According to the Gale Encyclopaedia of Medicine the definition of abuse is the following
Abuse is defined as any action that intentionally harms or injures another person.
In short, someone who purposefully harms another in any way is committing abuse. There are many kinds of abuse encountered by adults, including:
- physical abuse
- psychological abuse
- sexual assault
- verbal abuse
- elder abuse
- financial abuse
Abuse is most commonly committed by a person the victim knows and, often, lives with. When one partner abuses another, it’s known as intimate partner abuse. Abuse within families is often known as domestic abuse or domestic violence
What is domestic violence?
Domestic violence is where one person tries to control and assert power over their partner in an intimate relationship. It can be physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse or financial abuse. In the majority of cases it is perpetrated by men and experienced by women. Any woman can be affected and it can happen in any home. There may be warning signs that your relationship is abusive.
Types of Abuse
There are many types of abuse and they are all difficult to experience. Explore this section to learn the different ways abuse can occur so you can better identify them. Remember, each type of abuse is serious and no one deserves to experience any form of it.
Non-physical behaviors such as threats, insults, constant monitoring or “checking in,” excessive texting, humiliation, intimidation or isolation.
Any intentional use of physical force with the intent to cause fear or injury, like hitting, shoving, biting, strangling, kicking or using a weapon.
Any action that impacts a person's ability to control their sexual activity or the circumstances in which sexual activity occurs, including restricting access to birth control or condoms. Ignoring someone's refusal to engage in sexual activities by repeatedly using emotional, verbal or physical pressure.