Dating physical abuse
As any parent knows, it can be difficult to communicate with your teen, especially when it comes to a sensitive topic like dating violence.Perhaps you’re not quite sure what to say, or maybe your teen doesn’t seem to want to talk.This includes, but is not limited to, being slapped, burned, cut, bruised or improperly physically restrained." Physical abuse is not limited to children and can happen to adults of any age.Neglect is also considered an aspect of physical abuse and this type of abuse often happens when one adult cares for another; such as in the case of an adult child caring for a parent.Here at The Hotline, we use the Power & Control Wheel* to describe most accurately what occurs in an abusive relationship.While the inside of the wheel is comprised of subtle, continual behaviors, the outer ring represents physical, visible violence.
In general, an individual who brings unwanted physical harm to an intimate partner, child, or elder may be considered to be abusing that person. The following actions are typically considered to be abusive: Different cultures may have varying ideas of what constitutes abuse.
Physical abuse often occurs alongside other forms of abuse such as financial, sexual abuse and emotional abuse.
Physical abusers use their abusive behaviors to try to control their victims.
In some countries, it is legal for a man to use physical force on his wife or children, though the United States made spousal abuse a criminal offense in the 1970s.
Spanking a child is considered to be abusive by many, but corporal punishment is still practiced in many homes and schools around the world.