Breaking the CyclE



Physical abuse is the use of physical force against someone in a way that injures or endangers that person. It can build up gradually or be sudden.

Any of the following constitutes physical abuse. Punching, hitting slapping, restraining, any unwanted physical contact, holding or hugging when not wanted, pulling hair, pushing around, hitting with objects, choking, kicking, broken bones, abandoning in a dangerous place and many more. 

Physical assault or battering is a crime, whether it occurs inside or outside of the family.1  Sometimes, physical abuse does not leave broken bones or even bruises but it is still violence and it is still abuse.

If you witness physical abuse or physical assault taking place do not intervene in a violent manner. But remember, when you think there is immediate physical danger, call the police. There are ways to be more than a bystander, but don’t try to intervene directly if you witness a person being assaulted – call the police instead. 

For survivors in the United States, visit or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.Domestic Violence happens everywhere. On Hot Peach Pages, you can view a comprehensive online directory for resources around the world.