Abuse Can Happen to Anyone
Abuse occurs in many types of relationships regardless of race, gender, class, religion, age, or ethnicity. What unites all forms of abuse is the abuser’s desire to maintain power and control over the victim. In intimate relationships, abuse often escalates from emotional to physical abuse. As methods of controlling the victim stop working, abusers may increase their aggression, killing their partner or themselves. Leaving an abuser may not end the abuse and can greatly escalate the risks of harm.