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Physical & Emotional Abuse Information

  • Abuse is a general term for the treatment of someone that causes some kind of harm (to the abused person, to the abusers themselves, or to someone else) that is unlawful or wrongful. Physical abuse is abuse involving contact intended to cause pain, injury, or other physical suffering or harm. Psychological abuse or emotional abuse refers to the humiliation or intimidation of another person, but is also used to refer to the long-term effects of emotional shock...
  • Psychological abuse can take the form of physical intimidation, a means to control others through scare tactics and oppression. It is often associated with situations of power imbalance often found in abusive relationships and child abuse relationships; however, it can also take place on larger scales, such as group psychological abuse, racial oppression, and bigotry. A more "mild" case might be that of workplace abuse. Workplace abuse is a large cause of workplace-related stress, which in turn can cause both physical and mental illness (such as battered women syndrome)..

    There need not be an agitator for psychological abuse to occur; one can undergo self-abuse, as in the case of someone who is depressive, or self-mutilating.

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Domestic violence can include physical and emotional abuse. Both involve one person using force, threats or intimidation to harm, frighten or control another. Physical violence exists on a continuum from a push, poke or slap to punches, kicks or the use of a weapon. Emotional abuse or psychological abuse as it is sometimes called can be harder ... Read More »
Just as the definition of the American family has been updated in recent years, so has the definition of domestic violence. In years past, violence in the home was viewed as a man against a woman. Now we know that it also occurs with same-sex couples. Similarly, rape was believed to be an act only committed on dark streets or empty parking lots; ... Read More »
Abusive relationships may be hard to end, particularly if we lack financial independence. If we are divorced, widowed, or single, we may find ourselves in a new relationship that is abusive.

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