You may be scared, angry and confused, but remember the abuse was in no way your fault. You can: If your partner does any of these things, you may be in an unhealthy or abusive relationship.Financial abuse is usually coupled with emotional or physical abuse.Sexual assault is the act of forcing, enticing, intimidating, or coercing another person to engage in a sexual activity, from fondling to coitus, when the other person is unwilling or unable (as is the case of one who is underage, drugged, or unconscious).
Abuse comes in many forms — it’s not just physical.
Explore the tabs below to learn a few of the common types of abuse so you can better identify them.
Whether you decide to leave or stay, consider making a safety plan that includes setting aside funds in a secret location.
If you’re being stalked, you may be feeling stressed, vulnerable or anxious.
Dating abuse is a pattern of behaviors one person uses to gain and maintain power and control over their partner.
Many people assume abuse means that physical violence is happening, but that’s not always the case!
Sometimes verbal abuse is so bad that you actually start believing what your partner says.
You begin to think you’re stupid, ugly or worthless.
If you are not in control over your finances, or if your partner has removed money from your bank account, it can seem very scary to leave an abusive relationship.
There are many organizations who can help you “get back on your feet” and get control over your finances; some even provide short-term loans to cover important expenses as you escape an abusive relationship.
You can also chat with a peer advocate for more help when dealing with verbal abuse.