The Different Forms of Abuse

When we consider abuse, we all assume that we could easily identify it if we saw it. What is there to be unsure of? However, abusive behavior in any kind of relationship typically has numerous subtleties, making it difficult to spot or differentiate from otherwise typical—though frequently unpleasant—reactions. particularly from within. That’s why, in order to discuss what constitutes a pathological relationship, we enumerate a number of primary categories and types of abuse.

1. Physical abuse

The majority of us immediately picture a physically abused and battered woman when we think of the word abuse. Furthermore, far too many men and women as well as children experience physical abuse at the hands of their loved ones. Victims of physical abuse are frequently reluctant to characterize their treatment as violent because the abuse itself has numerous facets and occasionally involves behaviors that are on the verge of abuse. But apart from the more visible types of physical attack, such being slapped, pinned down, choked, or punched, there are other forms as well. Physically abusive behavior also includes putting someone in danger (such as driving a car recklessly) or refusing to help them when they are ill or injured.

This is undoubtedly one of the most blatant examples of abuse that can inflict emotional suffering in addition to physical harm.

2. Sexual abuse

Any sexual conduct directed towards minors, for example, can be easily identified as sexual abuse, but it can also be difficult to prove at times. It manifests as a highly distressing blend of emotional and physical maltreatment. There is no such thing as a rape in a marriage, and adult victims of sexual abuse within a partnership are frequently ostracized. That being said, this is just untrue. In a love relationship, it is possible for there to be sexual abuse that involves forcing the victim to engage in uncomfortable or terrifying sexual acts in addition to forcing them to have sex against their will. Sexual abuse also occurs when an abuser refuses to employ safe sexual practices or denies the victim access to contraception.

3. Verbal abuse

When it comes to the anguish and damage it causes, verbal abuse is frequently just as bad as physical or emotional abuse. Verbal abuse includes treating someone demeaningly, making fun of them, yelling and screaming at them, making fun of their flaws, and degrading them in front of others or in private. Raising one’s voice in a family or relationship does not always indicate abuse, though. It’s acceptable to lose it occasionally and scream and rage at someone. The distinction between an abuse and a typical response to irritation is in the aftermath. Once the emotion has been let out (or rather, howled), it’s a good idea to take a seat, talk it out calmly, and come to an agreement. Conversely, the sole objective of verbal abuse is to exert control over the victim.

4. Emotional abuse

Comparing emotional abuse to the other three types of relationship pathology, emotional abuse is a little harder to identify. This is due to the fact that identical behaviors can occasionally be seen as both emotional abuse and sincere, non-malicious emotional reactions. For instance, a person may act hurt and temporarily withhold their affection from a partner or other loved one. It’s not emotionally harmful to do that.

That would be abuse, though, if the identical response was intended to manipulate the “offender” into feeling guilty, guilty, regretful, inadequate, and so on. As usual, the abuser’s urge to dominate their victim drives this kind of behavior. However, the abuser frequently conceals this urge from himself, thinking only that they are expressing their true feelings. Put simply, emotional abuse causes the victim to become entangled in a web of unpleasant emotions and experiences while constantly feeling responsible for the trauma.

5. Economic and academic abuse

Finally, since they typically involve verbal and emotional manipulation, all of these abuse types can result in academic or financial abuse, which hardly ever happens on its own. The abuser deprives the victim of their financial and intellectual independence by using their cunning. Although it may seem like a long time ago, husbands still occasionally restrict their wives from attending job or school.

Such maltreatment frequently takes place covertly, leading to the victim “voluntarily” giving up on their goals and intentions. Of course, there are instances of “old fashion” frontal rejection of an individual’s right to make decisions about their jobs and education, but more often than not, the abuser just makes it simpler for the victim to give up her goals rather than subjecting her to a variety of coercions and continuing to be assertive.