Signs of Abuse

Coercion and Threats

Threatening to leave or commit suicide

Using Intimidation

Making survivor afraid using looks, actions, gestures, smashing things, abusing pets, displaying weapons

Using Emotional Abuse

Making survivor feel bad about himself/herself, playing mind games with guilt and humiliation

Using Isolation

Controlling what survivor does, who she/he talks to, limiting her/his outside involvement, using jealousy to justify actions

Minimizing, Denying and Blaming

not taking abuse seriously, saying that abuse didn’t happen, shifting responsibility for abusive behaviour, saying he/she caused it

Using Children

Making him/her feel guilty about the children, using children to relay messages, threatening to take children away

Using Economic Abuse

Preventing him/her from getting or keeping a job, making him/her ask for money, not letting him/her know about or have access to family income


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