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Forms of Abuse

There are many signs of an abusive relationship.

The most telling sign is fear of your partner.

If you feel like you have to walk on eggshells around your partner — constantly watching what you say and do in order to avoid a blow-up — chances are your relationship is unhealthy and abusive. Other signs that you may be in an abusive relationship include a partner who belittles you or tries to control you, and feelings of self-loathing, helplessness and desperation.

The bottom line is that abusive behaviour is never acceptable, whether it’s coming from a man, a woman, a teenager or an older adult. You deserve to feel valued, respected and safe.

Physical
Physical threats, shoving, punching or hitting: these are all acts of physical abuse. It can also take the form of someone destroying your belongings, or injuring a pet.

Emotional
Are you being emotionally manipulated through humiliation, threats, mind games, cruel behaviour or extreme jealousy and accusations? These are all methods of emotional abuse and should be taken as seriously as any other form.

Sexual
Unwanted or non-consensual touching or intercourse (sexual assault), as well as using guilt or other forms of manipulation to force sexual acts is a serious and alarmingly common form of abuse.

Financial
Are you being withheld from having money, a job, or a say in your own finances? This form of abuse comes back to the abuser grasping for a means of control.

Spiritual & Psychological
These two forms of abuse are less tangible than others, but just as damaging. If you are being punished for practicing your chosen faith, or forced into a belief system, you are experiencing spiritual abuse.

Psychological abuse is present if you’re being threatened or controlled in any way, and is often experienced with (or as a result of) other forms of abuse.

If you are experiencing abuse, please call our Helpline at (780) 479-0058.