There are many different types of abuse that can occur, however, no matter what form the abusive behaviour takes, at the root of any kind of abuse the goal is for the abuser to gain power and control and assert their authority in the relationship.
So, abuse is any behaviour that controls another person, causes physical harm or fear, makes someone do things they do not want to do, or prevents them from doing things they want to do. Some types of abuse include emotional, physical, sexual, and financial abuse, as well as gender-based and domestic violence.
Forms of Women Abuse
It is common for abused women to experience multiple forms of abuse, with gender-based violence and domestic violence affecting women in South Africa the worst.