Psychological/Mental Abuse

Any act intended to undermine your mental wellbeing and make you feel crazy. 

They keep:

Physical/Threat of Physical Abuse

Any unwanted physical contact or threat of physical contact or harm.

They keep:

Verbal Abuse

Any use of words or volume of voice to threaten, belittle, or injure you. 

They keep:

Sexual Abuse

Any unwanted sexual contact or use of sex against you. 

They keep:

Spiritual Abuse

Any word or action that isolates or damages your spiritual beliefs. 

They keep:

Using Children

Any involvement, manipulation, threats, or use of children in abuse.

They keep:

Social Abuse

Any attempt to cut you off from sources of support and care. 

They keep:

Cultural Abuse

Any use of cultural ideas as a way to dominate or belittle you.

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Emotional Abuse

Any act intended to undermine your emotional wellbeing and doubt your reality.

They keep

Intellectual Abuse

Any act intended to make you doubt your intellectual ability and make you feel inferior.

They keep:

Financial Abuse

Any intentional act that deprives you (or your children) of financial security or limits your access to financial decision making.

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Abuse of Pets and Property

Hurting pets or damaging property in order to intimidate, control, and hurt you.

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Using Social Media

Using social media to stalk or monitor you can also be considered abusive behaviours.

¹Cory, J., & McAndless-Davis, K. (2014). When love hurts: A women’s guide to understanding abuse in relationships (2nd ed.). WomanKind Press.

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