What is Abuse?

Abuse is a pattern of controlling behaviour. In families, an abusive person can use many tactics to gain power over another family member. Examples include:

  • Damaging personal property
  • Name-calling, put-downs and other forms of verbal and emotional abuse
  • Hitting, punching, kicking and other forms of physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Neglect
  • Forced confinement
  • Stalking
  • Ridiculing a person’s religious beliefs
  • Spending a person’s paycheque or limiting their access to finances 
  • Shaking a baby
  • Threatening to harm or harming people or animals
Modified: 2012-12-11
PID: 15671