Characteristics of phyical abuse may include the following:
-forcing sexual intercourse and/ or engaging in violent intercourse
Characteristics of emotional abuse:
-playing mind games to confuse the victim
-making false accusations
-making one feel guilty or humiliated (spitting at or degrading another human being)
-use of intimidation
-use of male privilege
-threatening another with physical harm
-raising their hand as though they are about to slap or hit the victim
A physical abuser will minimize or deny the abuse, including making light of the situation, say the abuse never occurred or they may blame the victim. Physical abusers often have the desire to have power over others, lack empathy for those they abuse and they focus on having their own selfish needs met at the expense of others.
If you have been a victim of Domestic Violence, contact the police department immediately by dialing 9-1-1. You can also contact your local YMCA 24 hours a day.