Examples of different types of family violence

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Physical
  • Using their body to hurt you. Some examples include hitting, kicking, slapping, punching, biting and scratching.
  • Throwing things at you.
  • Choking you.
  • Using weapons against you
  • Physically restraining you
  • Driving dangerously
  • Threatening to harm your pets
  • Other actions that hurt you or threaten you
Emotional
  • Always making fun of you or putting you down
  • Making you feel shame in front of your friends or family
  • Making you feel like you are not good enough
  • Verbally yelling and/or swearing at you
  • Making you feel frightened
  • Threatening to harm themselves if you leave the relationship
Sexual
  • Forcing you to participate in sexual behaviour when you don’t want to. Some examples include forcing you to kiss, touch, have intercourse or engage in sexual behaviours with a third party against your wishes.
  • Forcing you to watch pornography
  • Taking photos of you without your clothes on your permission
  • Insulting you with sexual comments
Social
  • Not letting you see your friends
  • Preventing you or making you feel bad to spend time with your family
  • Calling you all the time when you are out with your friends
  • Stalking you and/or keeping you under surveillance
Spiritual
  • Not allowing you to have your own spiritual or religious beliefs
  • forcing you into a preferred spiritual or religious belief
  • Making fun of your beliefs
  • Using your beliefs as a way of controlling you.
Cultural
  • Not allowing you to identify with your cultural identity
  • Not allowing you to participate in cultural events
  • Belittles your culture and/or cultural beliefs
Psychological
  • Threatening to harm people you are close to
  • Threats of abandonment
  • Treating you like a slave
  • Isolating you
  • Excluding you
Economic
  • Controls the family money
  • Prevents you from accessing money and items you need
  • Stands over for your money for their own habits or gains.
  • Refuses to give you money for essential items (such as food, clothing, petrol, education)
  • Refuses to give you money for social activities

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