Abusive Behaviors

Abusive-BehaviorsThere are many ways an abuser can use power and control over their victim. Abusive behaviors can be physical, emotional, psychological, or financial.

Maybe your partner does not engage in all of the behaviors listed here, or maybe they use some behaviors more than others, but if any or several of these behaviors are present in your relationship, your relationship may have become abusive.

Note: Our intention is to provide the above information as a guide to understanding domestic violence in context. Because every situation is different, and the spectrum of domestic violence is broad, not all of these examples or theories apply to everyone.

Abusive behaviors include:

  • Biting
  • Calling you names
  • Controlling how your money is spent
  • Choking
  • Destroying property
  • Hitting
  • Holding
  • Humiliating you
  • Isolating you from friends, family, co-workers
  • Jealousy
  • Kicking
  • Keeping you prisoner
  • Pulling hair
  • Punching walls
  • Pushing
  • Putting you down
  • Rape
  • Shouting
  • Slapping
  • Spitting
  • Stalking
  • Swearing
  • Threatening harm to themselves, you, and/or your children
  • Touching you without consent