Physical abuse is easier to recognize and understand than other types of abuse. It can be indicated when the batterer:
- Scratches, bites, grabs or spits at a current or former intimate partner.
- Shakes, shoves, pushes, restrains or throws her.
- Twists, slaps, punches, strangles or burns the victim.
- Throws objects at her.
- Subjects her to reckless driving.
- Locks her in or out of the house.
- Refuses to help when she’s sick, injured or pregnant,
or withholds medication or treatment.
- Withholds food as punishment.
- Abuses her at mealtime, which disrupts eating patterns
and can result in malnutrition.
- Abuses her at night, which disrupts sleeping patterns
and can result in sleep deprivation.
- Attacks her with weapons or kills her.