Physical abuse is any act of physical harm committed by a partner against another. This can involve:
- destroying/threatening property or pets
- threatening physical harm
The abuse can be direct, using hands or feet, or be committed with weapons or household objects.
Physical abuse does not always result in visible signs like bruises or cuts. Physical abuse can also mean:
- withholding medical attention
- depriving someone of food, water, or sleep
- forcing someone to consume drugs or alcohol