Physical Abuse

Physical abuse is the pattern of threatening or inflicting physical injury on a partner. While often thought of as the primary form of domestic violence, it is only one of the ways in which an abuser maintains power and control over his/her victim.

Physical abuse can include, but is not limited to:

• Threatening or injuring with a weapon

• Punching, kicking, slapping, pushing, pinching, tripping, throwing, spitting at, pulling hair

• Strangling

• Burning

• Making physically threatening gestures (raising fist, punching walls, etc)

• Holding down, tying up, restraining you

• Throwing/breaking objects

• Forcibly preventing you from leaving the house

• Locking you out of the house

• Exposing you to risks, such as reckless driving

• Abandoning you in dangerous places

• Refusing to help when you are sick, injured or pregnant

• Preventing you from seeking medical care

• Keeping you awake at night against your will

• Refusing to buy food or other necessities

• Harming or threatening to harm your children and/or pets

• Destroying you property or favorite possessions

• Withholding necessary aids (wheelchair, hearing aids, etc)

• Withholding or incorrectly administering medication

• Murder

Facts and Statistics:

• Each year, domestic violence results in an estimated 1,200 deaths and 2 million injuries among women and nearly 600,000 injuries among men (CDC1)

  • According to the World Health Organization (WHO), surveys from around the world indicate that approximately 10%–69% of women report being physically assaulted by an intimate male partner at some point in their lives. (Hammoury)
  • Because some rape and physical assault victims experience multiple victimizations per year, an estimated 876,000 rapes and 5.9 million physical assaults are perpetrated against U.S. women annually (USDOJ)
  • The prevalence of intimate partner violence in the pre-pregnancy period reaches 23%–25% but increases to 52% during pregnancy. (Anderson)