Physical abuse is often the most visible form of domestic abuse. It is where someone uses their own body and sometimes other objects to  cause harm or injury to another. It can start gradually then get worse over time.

Some of the examples of physical abuse are listed here – this is not an exhaustive list and there are many more forms of this type of abuse:

  • Punching
  • Kicking
  • Slapping 
  • Pushing
  • Strangling or smothering
  • Threatening to harm you or someone you care about
  • Not allowing you to take medication or giving you too much
  • Using weapons against you

An abuser will often blame the victim for saying or doing something that ‘caused’ their violent behaviour. Or they might say their behaviour was a result of being drunk or high, or feeling stressed or frustrated.

It’s common for the abuser to apologise after an assault. They may beg for forgiveness and promise they’ll never do it again. This makes it more difficult for the victim of the assault to leave the relationship.

If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship and you don’t know what to do, please contact us. We will listen and we can help.

Doncaster Domestic Abuse Hub – 01302 737080,
IDAS Barnsley – 03000 110 110
IDAS Sheffield – 0808 808 2241
Rotherham Rise – 0330 2020571

National 24 Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0808 2000 247

If there is immediate danger, please call 999, or 101 to report an incident of domestic abuse.

To download these leaflets for printing please click on this link – Domestic Abuse Campaign – A5 Leaflets