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Does abuse have to be physical?

Domestic abuse is not always about violence, it is about control. Many victims of domestic abuse have never been physically assaulted. Many victims of domestic abuse are not even aware they are being abused because they do not recognize the controlling behaviors of their partners as abuse. There are many different ways that abusers try to maintain control, some of which may not be obvious as abusive.


Some of the behaviors that constitute domestic abuse include:

  • physical abuse
  • emotion abuse, such as intimidation and coercion
  • verbal abuse
  • financial abuse
  • sexual abuse
  • spiritual abuse