Is this abuse?
Abuse is a pattern of behavior used by one person to maintain power and control over the other.
Abuse can affect anyone regardless of age, race, class, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or nationality. In the United States, a person becomes the victim of sexual assault, physical violence, or stalking by their intimate partner every 24 minutes. This is more than 12 million women and men every year.
Sometimes it can be hard to know whether or not you are in an abusive situation. Abuse can include physical abuse, verbal or emotional abuse (including threats), financial abuse, sexual abuse, and stalking.
If you think you might be in an abusive relationship, click here to take a quiz about your level of safety.
To learn more about different kinds of abuse, click any of the links below: