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Types of Abuse

PHYSICAL: Hitting, slapping, kicking, burning, holding a knife to the body, destroying the victim's property, mutilating, choking, holding down, punching.

EMOTIONAL: Humiliating, insulting, screaming, name calling, constant harassment, constant criticism, refusing to talk verbal abuse.

SEXUAL: Rape/sexual assault, unwanted sexual practices, forced sex with other men, sexual abuse of children, obsession with pornography, etc.

ECONOMIC: Withholding money, lying about financial assets/debts, stealing money, refusing to pay bills, using money for drugs/alcohol, withholding child support, controlling all household finances.

PSYCHOLOGICAL: "Crazy-making" playing tricks/mind games, biding objects (car keys, money, important documents), denying the abuse.

SYMPTOMS OF SPOUSE ABUSE

Physical Symptoms:

*Unexplained bruises or welts on victim's face, lips, mouth, torso, back or buttocks.

Batterers attack their victims, leaving bruises, in unexposed areas (genitals, back of head)

*Unexplained fractures of skull, nose or facial structure multiple fractures-, "twist" fractures of the arms or legs

*Injuries on areas of body normally covered by clothing

*Injuries in various stages of healing

*Explanation for injuries inconsistent or implausible

Behavioral Symptoms:

*Emotional withdrawal

*Impulse or aggressiveness

*Apprehensiveness or fearfulness

*Depression or helplessness

*Inhibited or regressed behavior

*Disturbance of eating patterns/sleeping patterns

*Compulsive behaviors

Psychological Symptoms:

*Phobias/obsessions

*Depression/Anxiety



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