Skip to content

    Types of Domestic Abuse

    Font Size
    A
    A
    A

    Topic Overview

    Domestic violence-also called intimate partner violence-can take many forms. It can affect your mind and emotions, or it can be physical or dangerous to your life. If you're not sure if you're being abused, ask yourself the following questions:

    Does your partner:

    • Hit, shove, slap, kick, punch, or choke you?
    • Threaten to hurt or kill you?
    • Call you names or tell you that you are crazy?
    • Criticize things you do or say, or criticize how you look?
    • Hurt your pets or destroy things that are special to you?
    • Blame you for the abuse he or she commits?
    • Limit where you can go, what you can do, and who you can talk to?
    • Unexpectedly check up on you at your workplace, home, school, or elsewhere?
    • Force you to have sex, perform sexual acts you're not comfortable with, or sexually assault you?
    • Threaten to have you deported?
    • Apologize and tell you it will never happen again (even though it already has)?
    • Control all your money and finances?
    • Keep you away from family and friends?

    If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may be in an abusive relationship. There are people who can help you. You are not alone. Talk to someone you trust, such as a friend, a doctor, or a help center. Talking with someone can help you make the changes you need to stay safe.

    The National Domestic Violence Hotline can help you find resources in your area. This nationwide database has detailed information on domestic violence shelters, other emergency shelters, legal support and assistance programs, and social service programs.

    Contact information

    • Call 1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233).
    • Call 1-800-787-3224 (TTY).
    • Visit the website: www.ndvh.org.
    1

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
    Next Article:

    Types of Domestic Abuse Topics

    Hot Topics

    WebMD Video: Now Playing

    Click here to wach video: Dirty Truth About Hand Washing

    Which sex is the worst about washing up? Why is it so important? We’ve got the dirty truth on how and when to wash your hands.

    Click here to watch video: Dirty Truth About Hand Washing

    Popular Slideshows & Tools on WebMD

    disciplining a boy
    Types, symptoms, causes.
    fruit drinks
    Eat these to think better.
    embarrassed woman
    Do you feel guilty after eating?
    diabetes supply kit
    Pack and prepare.
    Balding man in mirror
    Treatments & solutions.
    birth control pills
    Which kind is right for you?
    Remember your finger
    Are you getting more forgetful?
    acupuncture needle on shoulder
    10 tips to look and feel good.
    Close up of eye
    12 reasons you're distracted.
    woman biting a big ice cube
    Habits that wreck your teeth.
    pacemaker next to xray
    Treatment options.
    Pink badge on woman chest to support breat cancer
    Myths and facts.

    Women's Health Newsletter

    Find out what women really need.