Physical abuse involves the intentional use of force, causing bodily harm or injury to another person. This form of abuse can manifest in various ways, including hitting, slapping, punching, kicking, or any act that inflicts pain or injury. It can occur in multiple relationships, such as between partners, parents, and children, or within institutional settings.
Recognizing signs of physical abuse is crucial for intervention and support. Visible injuries, unexplained bruises, or changes in behavior can be indicators. Addressing physical abuse requires a multi-faceted approach involving law enforcement, protective services, and counseling to ensure the safety and well-being of the victim.
Relationship abuse is a pattern of behaviors used to gain or maintain power and control over a partner, which can manifest in several ways. There’s usually more than one form of abusive behavior in an abusive relationship.
Understanding how abuse appears and intersects can prepare you to respond to situations safely for yourself and others. We encourage you to join our webinars to learn more.