My 17 year old son and I were racing the other day to see who could name all 12 forms of abuse the fastest. (Slow night on tv obviously.) But seriously, I am proud that I have a son who is well versed in appropriate and inappropriate behaviour for relationships. It comes from living with a mom who talks about it all the time! How many types of woman abuse can you name? I have listed all 12 below with a couple examples of each. For a fuller exploration, look at our video about the different types of abuse.
Psychological / Mental Abuse: mind games, rewriting history
Physical Abuse: driving recklessly, restraining the woman, blocking the woman’s exit from a room
Verbal Abuse: yelling, screaming, name calling, put downs.
Sexual Abuse: using pornography, coercing sex, sexual put downs
Spiritual Abuse: using scripture against the woman, cutting her off from her religious community
Using Children: threatening to take the children, belittling the woman in front of the children
Social Abuse: isolating the woman, controlling who she can spend time with
Cultural Abuse: putting down her culture, claiming his culture is superior
Emotional Abuse: invalidating my feelings, being jealous, waking me up in the middle of the night
Intellectual Abuse: claiming superior intelligence, correcting me all the time
Financial Abuse: withholding financial information, limiting her access to money, running up debt
Abuse of Pets and Property: threatening to hurt the pet, smashing things