Abuse takes many forms. Does any of this seem familiar?
Physical abuse: Slapping, choking, or punching, with hands or objects used as weapons. Being threatened with a knife or gun.
Sexual abuse: Using threats, intimidation, or physical force to coerce engagement in unwanted sexual acts.
Emotional or verbal abuse: Threats of physical harm or death. Threats of suicide. Humiliating or degrading comments. Forced commitment of degrading acts. Isolation from family or friends, or confinement to the house. Destruction of possessions, or any other actions intended to restrict freedom and independence.
Financial abuse: Theft or control of money or valuables. Denial of the right to work.
Spiritual abuse: Use of religious or spiritual beliefs to manipulate, dominate, and control.
Criminal harassment/stalking: Following or watching in a persistent, malicious, and unwanted manner. Invasion of privacy in a way that threatens personal safety.