Spotting the signs of abuse can be tricky at times.
Domestic abuse is a pattern of coercive, controlling behavior that is a pervasive, life-threatening crime affecting people in all our communities regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, social standing, and immigration status.
Physical abuse does not always leave marks or cause permanent damage.
Emotional + Psychological Abuse
Emotional/psychological abuse is a behavior your partner uses to control you or damage your emotional well-being. It can be verbal or non-verbal.
Economic + Financial Abuse
Economic/financial abuse happens when the abuser makes a victim entirely financially dependent on the abuser, with no power or say in the relationship.
Stalking and Harassment
Stalking / harassment can happen with strangers or in relationships, where a person demands your time even after you make it clear you do not want contact.
Sexual violence is any sexual contact or behavior that happens without your consent. Other names used for sexual violence – rape, sexual abuse and sexual assault.