Financial Abuse occurs when the abuser takes control over your financial resources. This may include not allowing you to work or controlling the money you earn or spend.
Physical Abuse includes physical harm to you, your children, your property, family, friends and pets. It may also involve the threat of weapons.
Emotional/Psychological Abuse includes behaviour/actions & comments to undermine your sense of self and destroy your self-confidence/worth.
Verbal Abuse includes constant putdowns, insults and verbal threats. Verbal abuse is a humiliating experience and over time can destroy your self-esteem and self-belief.
Social Abuse is when the abuser criticises, jokes about or puts you down in front of family, friends, work friends etc and / or controls where you go and who you see.
Sexual Abuse includes any forced or unwarranted sexual interaction. This may include: forced sexual acts, harassment, or sexual harm.
Spiritual Abuse includes ridiculing your spiritual beliefs and / or excluding you from taking part in cultural or spiritual activities.
Fear can be the most powerful means of control. Fear can be created through any behaviour which is used to intimidate you and which takes away your power.
Intimidation includes breaking your possessions, intimidating body language, hostile and aggressive questioning, constant calls, emails, text messages and stalking.
Image based definition
Image-based abuse is when someone shares, or threatens to share, intimate images without the consent of the person in the photo.
Stalking happens when a person intentionally and persistently pursues someone against their will. The stalker does this to control, intimidate and create fear in the person they are stalking. The person being stalked may feel like they are in danger.
Technology-facilitated abuse can take many form such as:
- abusive messages or call
- account take overs – where someone accesses your online accounts and locks you out of them
- image-based abuse – when someone shares or threatens to share an intimate image of you without your consent
- fake social media accounts – when fake accounts are being used to harass you or post negative comments about you online
- being tracked through a phone or device – when tracking techniques or spyware are used to see where you are.
If you are experiencing technology-facilitied abuse as part of domestic or family violence, it can be very distressing.