Understanding Physical abuse
This is when somebody hurts or injures you on purpose. If somebody is hitting, pushing, punching or kicking you, using a weapon on you or physically hurting you in any way, big or small, you’re being physically abused.
Watch our short video explaining the impact of Physical abuse.
Physical abuse FAQs
There are many types of domestic abuse. If you have questions about Physical abuse, you might find the answer below.
Domestic abuse can seriously affect your health and wellbeing. You might have bruises, cuts, broken bones or burnt skin. The abuse can give you long-term effects or chronic health problems, like hypertension, migraines, skin disorders or digestive problems. It can also affect your mental health, which can include depression, suicidal thoughts or permanent anxiety.
Physical abuse is any intentional act causing injury, pain or trauma, by way of bodily contact.
- Hitting, punching, slapping and kicking.
- Using objects to hurt you, sometimes in the groin.
- Attacking you with knives or other sharp objects.
- Pouring boiling water on you.
- Attacking you when you’re asleep.