Physical abuse happens when someone deliberately hurts your body or takes away your control of your body. It can also be referred to as physical violence.
Physical abuse can be things like hitting, slapping or kicking, but it’s important to know that:
Physical abuse can be a form of domestic or family violence. If you or someone you know is experiencing physical violence it is OK to ask for help.
Physical abuse can happen in any type of relationship, including with:
It is common for people who are violent to say, 'I never meant to hurt you' or 'You made me do it'. It’s important to know that it is never your fault. Nothing you say or do makes it OK for someone to hurt you.