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The Continuums of Abuse Abuse often becomes more severe and/or more frequent over time. The Continuums of Abuse illustrate how physical, psychological, and sexual abuse, can progress in their harm.

Physical Abuse (in order of increasing severity and danger) Holding down, blocking, pinning Pushing or shoving Shaking or jerking Slapping and bruising Throwing objects Punching Kicking Black eyes, cuts, chipped teeth Burning with hot drinks, cigarettes, etc. Causing serious falls Choking Severe beatings Broken bones Hitting with objects Back injuries, paralysis Internal injuries Use of weapons Death Psychological Abuse (in order of increasing severity and danger) "Jokes" or put-downs that demean the victim Acting like the victim's feelings, needs, and ideas don't matter Enforcing rigid roles and rules for women Controlling through jealousy Isolating the victim Insults and name-calling Yelling and raging Humiliation, throwing food Fist through wall Threats and intimidation Destruction of her property Hurting or killing pets Displaying guns, sleeping with guns Depriving the victim of sleep Abuser threatens suicide Tries to get the victim to commit suicide Threatens to kill her and/or the children Death

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