What is Physical Abuse?

Physical abuse is any behavior that is meant to cause hurt to another person’s body or to control another person’s physical freedom or movement. One person may abuse another using his or her own physical strength, using an object or weapon, or using size or presence to intimidate or control the other.

Examples of physical abuse:

  • Pushing or shoving
  • Grabbing
  • Hitting, slapping, or punching
  • Pulling hair
  • Kicking
  • Choking
  • Holding someone down or holding their arm so they can’t walk away
  • Throwing objects at another person
  • Use of weapons to hurt or threaten someone
  • Biting
  • Pinching
  • Spitting
  • Arm twisting
  • Burning
  • Carrying someone against their will
  • Trapping someone in a room or car
  • Abandoning someone in an unsafe place
  • Chasing
  • Standing in the doorway to block the other person from leaving
  • Hiding car keys, shoes, clothes or money so the other person can’t leave
  • Standing in front of/behind car to prevent person from leaving
  • Sabotaging car to prevent person from leaving
  • Refusing to help someone when they are sick or injured
  • Following or stalking

Know the signs. Are you being physically abused? Are you abusing?

Info copyright 2001 Wellness Reproduction and Publishing LLC

2 thoughts on “What is Physical Abuse?

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