Emotional abuse is often the hardest to recognize, and the most difficult to acknowledge. It can be especially challenging if you’re in love with someone who is hurting you. You may wonder if it even qualifies as “abuse,” or maybe you think that somehow it isn’t that bad because your partner isn’t hitting you.

Physical abuse

Physical abuse is the most obvious form of abuse, and it can happen in different ways. If someone hits you or shoves you, that’s physical abuse. If they burn or cut you, punch or kick you—these are all examples of physical abuse as well. Physical abuse can also occur when someone hits with an object like a belt, slaps your face (such as if he or she is disciplining their child), stabs with a fork while eating dinner together at home…all these examples count as well!

Physical abuse often occurs during arguments between partners but doesn’t always happen during those times. A person might always be abusive towards the victim during arguments but be nice otherwise; this could mean that he/she only physically abuses her partner when they're upset and not usually throughout their relationship. However, there are some people who physically hurt others regularly throughout their relationships because they enjoy doing it and don't see anything wrong with what they're doing! In either case though-it's still considered physical violence regardless of whether it happens once every few months vs daily basis - so both would be considered criminal acts under law which means there will be consequences for committing them!

Sexual abuse

Sexual abuse may include any type of sexual activity that is forced on someone. It can be physical, verbal or emotional, and it can include any kind of sexual contact, from rape to unwanted touching. Victims are often threatened with harm or humiliation if they tell anyone about the abuse.

Sexual abuse is a crime. If you have been sexually abused, seek medical attention and talk to a trusted adult immediately.

Emotional abuse

Emotional abuse is a form of mental abuse. It can be difficult to identify because it often goes unnoticed by the person being abused, and they may not realize that what their partner is doing is abusive until it’s too late.

Emotional abuse is sometimes called psychological abuse, and examples include:

  • Constant criticizing and putting you down in front of others or in private
  • Being controlling over how you spend your time, who you spend it with, where you go, what clothes you wear or even how much money you spend without his/her approval or knowledge
  • Being overly jealous and possessive of your time as well as his/her own

Verbal abuse

Verbal abuse is a kind of abuse that's frequently overlooked, and it can be harder to spot than physical abuse. Verbal abuse often takes the form of insults, put-downs and other hurtful words. While verbal abuse may not leave physical bruises or scars, this type of mistreatment can be just as damaging—sometimes more so—than physical mistreatment because your abuser doesn't require direct contact with you in order to damage your self-esteem and mental health.

Verbal abusers can also be more difficult to identify than those who engage in physical violence because they usually don't show any outward signs of wrongdoing (such as broken bones), making it even more difficult for victims to realize they're being abused at all. Because verbal abuse is often subtle and less obvious than other forms of domestic violence, proving its existence can also prove challenging; many times there are no witnesses or recordings of what happened between the two parties involved in an altercation.

Another reason why many people fail to recognize verbal abuse as domestic violence: It's easier for victims themselves not only not recognize when they're being verbally abused but also blame themselves for their own feelings rather than identifying them as something caused by another person's actions towards them (or inaction). This makes stopping verbal abusers hard too; once someone has been conditioned over time into thinking negative thoughts about themselves due to constant criticisms from family members/friends/spouses etc., it becomes increasingly difficult where each successive insult adds onto previous ones until eventually victim begins believing them 100% true

Financial abuse

Financial abuse is when someone controls your money or prevents you from having access to it. The abuser might be a partner, family member, or friend who has access to your bank account and takes money without your knowledge. Or they may spend the rent on themselves, leaving you unable to pay for the necessities of life.

But financial abuse isn't just about money; it's also about power and control—and sometimes that can mean something as simple as paying for everything on dates (like dinner). It can also take the form of not allowing their partner access to a budget so they never know how much money they have left over at any given time.

Financial abuse is a form of emotional abuse because it makes someone feel powerless in relation to their own finances—something people often associate with self-worthlessness. Financial abusers don't necessarily want their victims penniless: They want them dependent on them financially so that there's no escape possible if things go sour in other areas of the relationship.

Digital abuse

Digital abuse is any type of online harassment, or abuse that happens through the use of technology. It can include:

  • Cyberbullying—that is, using the internet to bully someone
  • Cyberstalking—using the internet to stalk someone
  • Cyberharassment—using the internet to harass someone
  • Online harassment—any kind of unpleasant interaction that takes place over social media or messaging apps, like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp (or even Snapchat)
  • Online abuse—a form of digital communication that's meant to hurt other people in one way or another, whether emotionally or physically (all forms of digital communication qualify as some form[s] [of] "online" abuse). This can include making threats on social media platforms like Twitter or Instagram; sending harmful links in emails; sharing sexual photos without consent; blackmailing victims with their own personal information; doxxing; hacking accounts/devices/etc.; spamming inboxes with unwanted content (text messages); and so forth.

Narcissistic abuse

Narcissistic abuse is a form of psychological, emotional and mental abuse. Narcissists often use this to gain control over their victims through fear, shame and guilt.

The narcissist will gaslight the victim by making them believe that their feelings are wrong or not valid so they can feel superior. They do this by lying about the victim’s past memories or giving them false memories of events that never happened in order to make the victim feel like they have lost touch with reality. The narcissist also pretends he cares about his partner's needs while secretly manipulating her into doing what he wants while keeping her in an abusive relationship with him at all times until she breaks free from it on her own terms (or not).

Abuse can be many different things and sometimes we don’t realize that that’s what we are experiencing. Understanding the various types of abuse and recognizing them in your life or in the lives of people you care about can help you take a stand, fight back, and get the help you need.

Abuse can be many different things and sometimes we don’t realize that that’s what we are experiencing. Understanding the various types of abuse and recognizing them in your life or in the lives of people you care about can help you take a stand, fight back, and get the help you need.

Abuse is an act or pattern of acts used by one person against another. Abuse often occurs between two people who know each other well, such as a partner or family member; however, it can also occur among people who do not know each other but are connected through social media sites (e.g., cyberbullying).


As you can see, abuse comes in many different forms. However, the effects of abuse are often the same. Victims of abuse suffer from low self-esteem, become isolated from loved ones and society as a whole, and feel ashamed or embarrassed about what is happening to them. Many victims also blame themselves for the abuse in their lives. Know this: Abuse is never your fault. No matter what kind of abuse you are facing, it is not your fault that you are being abused. Taking steps to escape an abusive relationship can help you regain control over your life and recover from any trauma you have experienced. If someone in your life is abusing you, consider reaching out to a friend or family member for support while seeking help from law enforcement or other advocacy groups who can assist in your recovery.