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Forms of Abuse

Economic Abuse:

  • Intentional design by abuser to make a person completely dependent on the abuser for money and economic survival
  • Controlling a person’s money and forcing her/him to ask and justify the need for money to buy food, clothes, etc.
  • Preventing a person from working or choosing their own career
  • Sabotaging a person’s job (making them miss work, calling constantly)

Emotional Abuse:

  • Harassment
  • Constant criticism
  • Continuous denigration of one’s abilities and competency (e.g., you are a rotten person, an awful parent, etc.)
  • Attempts to undermine one’s self-image and sense of self-worth by utilizing insults, name calling and “put downs”

Psychological Abuse:

  • Threats of abuse or harm to others
  • Blackmail
  • Humiliation
  • Extreme control and/or limitation of all one’s activities including money spent, work issues, clothing worn, etc., by the abuser

Physical Abuse:The Power and Control Wheel

  • Physical injuries
  • Intimidation or threat of injury
  • Attempts to inflict physical injury

Sexual Abuse:

  • Attempts to engage in non-consensual contact
  • Any exploitative or coercive, non-consensual sexual contact (fondling, intercourse, sodomy, etc.)
  • Threatening a person in a sexual manner

Minimizing, Denying and Blaming:

  • Making light of the abuse, not taking it seriously
  • Saying the abuse didn’t happen
  • Shifting responsibility for the abusive behavior
  • Saying you provoked the abuse

Destruction of Property and/or Pets:

  • Destroying personal or household items
  • Torturing or killing of pets
  • Threatening to torture or kill pets

Mercer County

Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault 24 Hour Hotline

(609) 394-9000

New Jersey Statewide

Domestic Violence 24 Hour Hotline

(800) 572-SAFE (7233)

For callers with hearing or speech impairments:

(TTY) 888-252-SAFE (7233)

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