Physical abuse is when somebody causes physical harm to another person, intentionally. This can take many different forms and affect people of all ages. This form of abuse often coincides with other forms of abuse such as emotional abuse, financial abuse and sexual abuse. Physical violence is another way in which an abuser can exert their power over their victim.
Based on statistics, if a child is being abused, it’s more likely to be by their parent, caregiver or sibling. Adults are more likely to be abused by a partner (this is often called domestic abuse) and elderly adults are more likely to be abused by a caretaker.
On this page, we’ll look into what physical abuse can involve, what signs to look out for, the effects of physical abuse and how counselling can provide essential support.