Abuse does not discriminate. Anyone of any age, race, gender, sexual orientation, or religion can be a survivor or perpetrator of abuse. – The national Domestic Violence Hot Line (retrieved from: https://www.thehotline.org/is-this-abuse/abuse-defined/)
There are different types of abuse: physical, emotional, sexual, coercion, control, financial, etc. Some abuse takes place in a relationship and can be referred to as domestic violence. The Domestic Violence Hot Line provides a power and control wheel to describe what happens within an abusive relationship:
However, not all abuse happens within a relationship. Some perpetrators may be family members, friends, strangers, etc. Every situation is different, but can have long lasting effects on survivors. Our team of therapists are here to support you through these traumatic experiences, and assist you in getting your personal power back.