1: a corrupt practice or custom
2: improper or excessive use or treatment : misuse <drugabuse>
3: obsolete : a deceitful act : deception
4: language that condemns or vilifies usually unjustly, intemperately, and angrily
5: physical maltreatment
There are many types of abuse and they are all difficult to experience.
Emotional Abuse/Verbal Abuse
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.
The use of technology such as texting and social networking to bully, harass, stalk or intimidate a partner. Often this behavior is a form of verbal or emotional abuse perpetrated through technology.
Being repeatedly watched, followed or harassed.
Using money or access to accounts to exert power and control over a partner.