Types of abuse

Types of Abuse

Types of Abuse

Abusive relationshipPhysical and sexual abuse are the most common forms of domestic/family violence. Others often become aware of the problem. However, there are other forms of abuse regularly used which can lead to power and control by an abuser. It can become a lifestyle that the abused person gets used to and they may not realise the effect it has on them and their children. Mixed with physical and sexual abuse these other forms of abuse can have a person living with permanent fear and intimidation resulting in an unhappy life. Children living with parents with this type of relationship often have difficulty growing up with a healthy outlook on life. Sadly they can become abusers too.


The following is a list of types of abuse;

  • Physical
  • Verbal
  • Emotional / Psychological
  • Sexual
  • Financial
  • Elder

If you are experiencing any type of abuse we urge you to go to the police. It can be difficult to speak about abuse. Police are trained to listen and communicate with empathy and can refer you to an experienced counsellor. Ongoing support is available if needed.

For more information about types of abuse go to: www.womensrefuge.org.nz/WR/Domestic-violence/Types-of-abuse.htm

Twelve Red Flags

If you are experiencing any of the flags below, please Womens Refuge. If you are seeing a number of these flags, your life could be in danger.

  • The suspect is obsessed with, dependent on, or is stalking the victim
  • Recent separation, issue of a court order, or divorce and behaving in a dangerous manner
  • The victim believes the suspect could injure or kill them
  • There is a history of family violence, and it is getting more severe or frequent
  • The suspect has strangled or attempted to strangle the victim
  • The suspect has threatened to commit suicide or to kill the victim, children or other family members
  • The suspect has access to weapons, particularly firearms and has used or threatened to use them
  • They may have convictions involving weapons
  • The offender has easy access to the victim, children or other family members
  • Children are in the home when the violence occurred, or have been hurt or threatened in family violence situations
  • Incidents of animal abuse
  • History of alcohol or drug problems/dependency
  • History of violent behaviour against non-family members

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