Abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, verbal, or a combination of any or all of these. Abuse can also be neglect, which is when a caregiver does not take care of the basic needs of the individual who is dependent on them.
- Physical abuse is any intentional and unwanted contact with you or something close to your body.
- Emotional/Verbal abuse includes non-physical behaviors such as threats, insults, constant monitoring or "checking in," excessive texting, humiliation, intimidation, isolation or stalking.
- Sexual Abuse refers to any action that pressures or coerces someone to do something sexually they do not want to do. It can also refer to behavior that impacts a person's ability to control their sexual activity or the circumstances in which sexual activity occurs, including oral sex, rape or restricting access to birth control and condoms.
- Financial abuse can be very subtle. It can include telling you what you can and cannot buy or requiring you to share control of your bank accounts.
- Digital abuse is the use of technologies such as texting and social networking to bully, harass, stalk or intimidate a partner. Often this behavior is a form of verbal or emotional abuse perpetrated online.
- Stalking: you are being stalked when a person repeatedly watches, follows, or harasses you, making you feel afraid or unsafe. A stalker can be someone you know, a past partner or a stranger.
Domestic Violence is about one person in a relationship using a pattern of behaviors to control the other person. The New Jersey Department of Children and Families Division on Women (DOW), Office of Domestic Violence Services (ODVS) funds 23 domestic violence programs and the New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women.
Addiction affects millions of lives each year. In some cases, alcohol and drug addiction can be linked to domestic violence, which can be physical, mental, emotional, or sexual in nature. Find out more information about this correlation here.
Women aren't the only victims of domestic violence. Here is a guide to understanding and knowing the signs of domestic violence against men and how to get help.
Safety planning is a crucial step for someone involved in an abusive relationship. Here is a guide to help you stay safe as you prepare to leave and after the relationship has ended. Here is also a checklist of essentials to take with you when escaping abuse and knowing when it's time to go. We also have information on 'Protecting Your Finances When Leaving an Abusive Relationship.'
Talking to a Child Who Has Been Abused
Children who are being abused often love the person who is hurting them. Children, therefore, are hesitant to reveal that they are being abused because they fear that they will get the person into trouble if they do so. Here are some tips for 'Talking to a Child Who Has Been Abused.'
The New Jersey Child Protection and Permanency (CP&P) is New Jersey's child protection and child welfare agency. CP & P is responsible for investigating all allegations of child abuse and neglect and, if necessary, arranging for the chid's protection and the family's treatment. You can find resources for talking with a child who has been abused and other resources related to this topic throughout their website.
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Find out more about bullying and resources for prevention and response at Stopbullying.gov.
Bullying is a problem that can derail a child's schooling, social life, and emotional well-being. Here are some tips on 'How to Stop Bullying in Schools.'
Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites.