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Types of abuse

Domestic Abuse can be perpetrated in many different ways. These actions fall into the categories of physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, psychological abuse, and financial abuse.

Below are some examples of what may constitute abusive behaviours. This list is not exhaustive.





  • Spitting
  • Grabbing/pushing/pinching/slapping/punching
  • Hair pulling/cutting
  • Urinating on you
  • Burning
  • Branding
  • Choking/strangulation/attempts to drown
  • False imprisonment
  • Forced use of drugs and alcohol





  • Rape
  • Filming sex without consent
  • Unwanted touching
  • Withholding sex
  • Being forced to watch porn
  • Penetration with objects without your consent
  • Bestiality
  • Being passed to others for sex without your consent




Emotional and Psychological

  • Threats of suicide to make you feel guilty
  • Name calling
  • Putting you down
  • Making you feel useless and worthless
  • Blackmail
  • Forced marriage





  • Taking your money
  • Bribing you
  • Preventing you from earning money
  • Forcing you to work more than you want to
  • Forcing you to steal




You do not have to be experiencing all of these categories, the behaviours are different in every situation and can change over time.

If you are experiencing any of these, or any other form of abuse, then please contact us for practical local support. We can help you and your children stay safe in your own home, support you to access specialist legal advice, help you with other agencies (eg Benefits and Housing), and, If you cannot stay at home, we can help you find a Place of Safety.




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