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Types of Abuse

Emotional Abuse

Many people believe that if they are not being physically hurt by their partner, they are not being abused. This is not true. Emotional abuse is anything that the batterer says or does to the survivor that causes the survivor to be afraid, lowers the survivor's self esteem, or manipulates or controls the survivor's feelings or behavior. Emotional abuse follows a pattern; it happens over and over. Emotional abuse may include, but is not limited to, the following behaviors:

Emotional abuse goes with other forms of abuse but may also happen on its own. If you have ever been told anything like this by your partner:

This is emotional abuse. Emotional abuse…

Economic Abuse

Financial self-sufficiency is a critical factor in survivors' ability to escape an abusive relationship and to maintain independence from the batterer for themselves and their children. Batterers commonly use economic abuse to control their victims' finances and prevent them from leaving a dangerous relationship. Many people associate domestic violence with physical cuts and bruises, but damage to credit scores and being cut of from access to money can make it hard for survivors to become financially independent.

Examples of economic abuse include, but are not limited to:

For more information, see the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence website (PDF).