physical abuse


Broken ArmPhysical abuse is the use of physical force against another person in a way that ends up injuring the person, or puts the person at risk of being injured. Physical abuse includes:

  • Pushing, throwing, kicking
  • Slapping, grabbing, hitting, punching, beating, tripping
  • Battering, bruising, choking, shaking
  • Pinching, biting
  • Holding, restraining, confinement
  • Breaking bones
  • Assault with a weapon such as a knife or gun
  • Burning
  • Murder