What is Abuse?

Healthy relationships involve respect, trust, and care for the other person. The first step out of abuse is to understand what is abuse and know that you have the right to be treated with respect and not be harmed by another person in any way.

10 Warning Signs of Abuse (PDF)

  • Abuse can be mistaken for strong feelings of caring or concern. Sometimes jealousy feels flattering or like your partner really cares about you. Jealousy and controlling ways are not affection at all.
  • Emotional abuse, like teasing, bullying, and humiliating others, can be difficult to recognize because it doesn’t leave any visible scars. Threats, intimidation, putdowns, and betrayal are all hurtful forms of emotional abuse that can hurt — not just during the time it’s happening, but for a long time.
  • Sexual abuse is any type of sexual experience that you don’t want.
  • Spiritual abuse is controlling, stopping, or limiting another’s religious or spiritual belief. Making it hard for someone to go to worship, stealing or destroying religious books, or making fun of how they practice their religion are all examples of spiritual abuse.
  • Financial abuse is controlling access to and information about their money or the family’s money.

If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, help is available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. Contact us at 403-934-6634 or 1-877-934-6634.