What is physical abuse?
Physical abuse happens when someone deliberately hurts your body or takes away your control of your body. It can also be referred to as physical violence.
Physical abuse can be things like hitting, slapping or kicking, but it’s important to know that:
Physical abuse can be anything that causes pain to any part of your body
Someone can be physically abusive even if they aren't using their body or a weapon to hurt you. Some examples of this are:
Tying, locking you up, or restraining you in any way
Giving you medicine or drugs to stop you from moving or thinking clearly
Giving you medicine, drugs or food to make you unwell
Forcing you to drink alcohol or take drugs
Stopping you from taking medicine you need to feel well
Leaving you naked or exposed when caring for you
Destroying or moving equipment you may need, such as a wheelchair
You don’t have to have bruises, scratches or marks on your body for it to be physical abuse
Someone saying they will physically hurt you is also abuse. This is true even if the person never does what they say they will.
Physical abuse can be a form of domestic or family violence. If you or someone you know is experiencing physical violence it is OK to ask for help.
Who is responsible for physical abuse?
Physical abuse can happen in any type of relationship, including with:
Boyfriends, girlfriends, partners, husbands or wives
Ex-boyfriends, ex-girlfriends, ex-partners, ex-husbands or ex-wives
Carers or paid support workers
Parents, guardians or other family members
Other people you live with or see often, whether inside or outside the home.
It is common for people who are violent to say, 'I never meant to hurt you' or 'You made me do it'. It’s important to know that it is never your fault. Nothing you say or do makes it OK for someone to hurt you.
If you or someone you know is experiencing physical abuse, you can contact 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or through online chat.
If you have any questions or need extra support, we're here to help you anytime in any language. Simply start a chat with us via the home screen of the Sonder app.
Article originally published by 1800RESPECT
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