What is abuse?

This fact sheet gives examples of relationship abuse (family violence) that are physical, emotional or verbal, psychological, sexual, and financial; describes types of abuse that are crimes and where to get legal and other help.

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abusive relationship, leaving an abusive relationship, dating violence, domestic violence, relationship violence, violence against women