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Psychological and Emotional Abuse
  • Putting partner down
  • Stalking
  • Mind games or making partner feel crazy
  • Telling "secrets" to others
  • Ignoring or "silent treatment"
Physical Abuse
  • Any attempt to hurt or scare partner physically
  • Hitting, biting, kicking, grabbing, shoving, pushing, choking
Sexual Abuse
  • Unwanted or uncomfortable touching
  • Continued sexual advances after saying "no"
  • Forced sex
  • "Playful" use of force during sex
  • Treating date like sex object
Verbal Abuse
  • Name calling
  • Criticizing
  • Public humiliation
  • Put downs
Assuming "Rights"
  • Making all decisions
  • Going out with friends, but not allowing partner
  • Walking out on an argument
  • Telephoning repeatedly and expecting partner to always be there
Destruction of Personal Property
  • Destroying personal effects (pictures, letters, gifts, clothing)
Threats, Anger and Intimidation
  • Using looks, actions, expressions or a loud voice to intimidate partner
  • Smashing or throwing objects
  • Threatening to leave partner or abandon in a dangerous place
  • Threatening to commit suicide
  • Threatening physical harm
Isolation, Jealousy, Possessiveness and Restriction of Freedoms
  • Using jealousy as a sign of love instead of security
  • Controlling actions and activities
  • Accusations of cheating on partner
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