There are several types of abuse, and throughout the month of March 2019 you’ll be able to find articles on the following types of abuse (links coming soon!):
- Emotional & Verbal Abuse
- Financial Abuse
- Domestic Abuse
- Sibling Abuse
- Digital Abuse
- Mental Abuse
- Sexual Abuse
But first, let’s define what “abuse” actually means.
The word comes from Latin and Old French words that mean “misused” and “to use wrongly.” Basically, something’s happening that shouldn’t be happening! It’s wrong.
If nothing else, the one thing you should always remember is that abuse is NOT your fault.
When most people think of “domestic abuse” what they’re really thinking is “domestic violence” and don’t think it counts unless there’s physical violence involved.
But that’s not the case at all.
Domestic abuse is not just physical, but that’s the most obvious form.
A husband slapping his wife when he’s angry. A wife beating up on her husband in public.
Both of these are domestic abuse, yet many people don’t recognize the second one as being such. But there are other facets to domestic abuse that don’t involve physical violence.