- Extremely offensive and insulting
- Engaging in or characterized by habitual violence and cruelty
Understand the difference between unhealthy vs abusive relationships and learn the signs.
Physical & Domestic Violence
The term "sexual violence" is an all-encompassing, non-legal term that refers to crimes like sexual assault, rape, and sexual abuse (RAINN, n.d.).
Verbal abuse in a relationship can happen spontaneously and the recipient of the abuse often questions what they did to bring it on or even think they're overreacting (Hughes, n.d.).
Making a Safety Plan
A safety plan is a personalized, practical plan to improve your safety while experiencing abuse, preparing to leave an abusive situation, or after you leave (love is respect, n.d.).
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