mental health, therapy, counseling and psychology terms glossary

Abusive Relationships or Abuse

Abuse comes in many forms. It can be physical or emotional, often coming from a partner or family member.

What is physical abuse?

There is physical abuse where an individual is physically assaulted by another – usually a partner or family member – which includes acts of violence or unwanted sexual activity.

What is emotional abuse?

And there is emotional abuse where an individual extorts control over another using intimidation techniques including insults, humiliation, fear, and neglect among many others.

 Abusive relationships can improve with therapy – the abuser can work to overcome the causes of why he or she takes these actions upon others, and the abusee can heal from the trauma caused by the abuse and live a stronger, happier life. It is most important to seek help from friends, family, and/or professionals to help determine the best course of action for each situation.

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger of abuse, please reach out to the National Domestic Abuse Hotline at (800) 799-7233.


At Claibourne Counseling, we offer caring treatment for individuals seeking a healthier path!