It is important to note that abuse comes in many different forms, such as:
- Physical Abuse – Can involve slapping, punching, kicking, biting, shoving, choking, or using a weapon or other object to threaten or injure.
- Psychological Abuse – Can include excessive jealousy and attempts to control the partner’s time, their activities, even how they dress. Psychological abuse can also include being harassed, having possession destroyed, being denied affection, or threats to harm themselves or their partner.
- Verbal Abuse – Includes constant criticism, name calling and put-downs. It includes unjust blaming, or false accusations about loyalties or sexual actions. It can include repeated threats not only against the woman, but also her friends and family.
- Sexual Abuse – The woman may be forced to perform sexual acts against her will or to suffer pain or injury during sex. It can also include being infected by HIV or with an STD.
- Financial Abuse – Means that even if the family is not financially challenged, the woman has no access to the family’s money, no say in what will be bought and no money of her own to use, even if it does belong to her.
- Spiritual Abuse – Means that a woman’s spiritual beliefs are made fun of or attacked, or that she is not allowed to attend the place of worship of her choice.
IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT IF YOU ARE BEING ABUSED.
YOU DESERVE TO BE TREATED WITH RESPECT.
If you are in need of any assistance, please contact
any one of the community phone numbers or e-mail addresses on this website.
If it is an emergency, call 911.