Types of Abuse: Physical

There are several different definitions of the word abuse, but in this specific context, abuse can mean either or both of the following:

-Treat (a person or an animal) with cruelty or violence, especially regularly or repeatedly

-Use or treat in such a way as to cause damage or harm.

There are 5 types of abuse, not including economic, financial, discriminatory, etc.

Physical abuse is one of the most common forms of abuse. Physical abuse can be defined as any intentional act causing injury or trauma to another person or animal by way of bodily contact. Abusive behavior doesn’t always have to leave marks to be considered abusive. It is still abuse.

Here are some examples of physical abuse:

First, the more ‘typical’ or ‘common’ types.

  • Hitting (open or closed fist)
  • Slapping
  • Kicking
  • Pinching
  • Pushing/Shoving
  • Biting
  • Beating
  • Choking
  • Pulling you by the hair
  • Throwing objects at you
  • Spitting on you
  • Withholding medications
  • Preventing you from getting medical help
  • Refusing to help you if ill/injured/pregnant
  • Using or threatening to use weapons on you

Now, the more dangerous, drastic examples:

  • Holding you hostage or captive
  • Preventing you from eating, drinking, sleeping
  • Abandoning you in dangerous places
  • Anything that the perpetrator uses to assert his dominance and control that puts you or your health at risk

There is a website that I highly recommend if you are, or know someone who is being physically abused. https://www.mentalhelp.net/articles/if-you-or-your-children-are-currently-experiencing-abuse/


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