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What is Abuse?. Generally Speaking, abuse is any behavior that results in the mistreatment of another. There are five major kinds of abuse: emotional, physical, sexual, social and spiritual. ywca. Lewiston, ID – Clarkston, WA. What is Abuse?. Physical Abuse Destroying your belongings

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what is abuse

What is Abuse?

Generally Speaking, abuse is any behavior that results in the mistreatment of another. There are five major kinds of abuse: emotional, physical, sexual, social and spiritual.

ywca

Lewiston, ID – Clarkston, WA

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What is Abuse?

Physical Abuse

  • Destroying your belongings
  • Throwing objects at you
  • Pushing or shoving you
  • Keeping food, shelter, money or food from you
  • Threatening
  • Touching to scare or hurt you
  • Strangling or throwing you
  • Denying you medical treatment
  • Inflicting injury, slapping, or biting
  • Causing a miscarriage

ywca

Lewiston, ID – Clarkston, WA

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What is Abuse?

Emotional Abuse

  • Taunting you saying it is “just fun”
  • Ignoring you and /or your feelings
  • Insulting you
  • Yelling at you
  • Telling you that you will fail
  • Threatening to hurt you/pets/children
  • Threatening to get custody of the kids
  • Saying you must stay because you can’t make it alone
  • Accusing you of the violence when you protect yourself
  • Labeling you as crazy, stupid, bitch, ugly, or a whore
  • Blaming you when things go wrong
  • Holding back approval as punishment

ywca

Lewiston, ID – Clarkston, WA

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What is Abuse?

Social Abuse

  • Insulting you publicly
  • Controlling your use of money
  • Checking up on you
  • Recording conversations
  • Checking your cell phone calls
  • Following you/ stalking
  • Demanding all your attention & resenting any attention to others
  • Making a public display of destroying property
  • Threatening to hurt family or friends
  • Isolating you from friends or activities
  • Spending income without meeting obligations

ywca

Lewiston, ID – Clarkston, WA

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What is Abuse?

Sexual Abuse

  • Talking about you or others as sexual objects
  • Forcing you to have sex
  • Criticizing your sexual performance
  • Withholding affection to manipulate or punish you
  • Accusing you of looking at, talking to, or having sex with another
  • Forcing you to engage in uncomfortable sexual activities
  • Inflicting harm or mutilation of your genitals
  • Strangling or slapping you during sex

ywca

Lewiston, ID – Clarkston, WA

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What is Abuse?

Spiritual Abuse

  • Discounting your sense of right and wrong
  • Denying, minimizing, or ridiculing your spiritual beliefs
  • Denying your value as a person with legitimate wants and likes
  • Questioning your motives for nearly everything
  • Questioning your sense of reality
  • Refusing to allow you access to worship communities or support groups

ywca

Lewiston, ID – Clarkston, WA

why a victim of abuse doesn t leave
Why a victim of abuse doesn’t leave
  • Fear of violence
  • Threats of harm or death
  • Being told the abuse is the victim’s fault
  • Dependence on abuser due to health issues
  • Belief or hope that abuser will change
  • Belief that abuser will injure or kill themselves if victim leaves
  • Connection to abuser through children

ywca

Lewiston, ID – Clarkston, WA

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Why a victim of abuse doesn’t leave
  • Lack of financial resources
  • Lack of affordable/ safe housing
  • Isolation from support systems
  • Shame
  • Overwhelmed with abuse causing inability to focus on escape
  • Sabotage
  • Fear of legal reprisal (abuser using systems to abuse)

ywca

Lewiston, ID – Clarkston, WA

ywca of lewiston id clarkston wa
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