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What is Abuse?


PHYSICAL ABUSE

Physical abuse is the most widely recognized and commonly understood form of abuse in the Somali community. Physical abuse occurs in a variety of forms that can result in serious injury, and could even lead to death. Some of the signs of physical abuse are:

  • Hitting, biting, slapping
  • Cutting, choking, grabbing
  • Pinching, shoving, strangling
  • Scratching, spanking, shaking
  • Kicking, restraining, punching
  • Pushing, pulling
  • Deliberate misuse of medication (not using it for its intended purpose)
  • Assault with weapon or object like using a knife to stab
  • Hair pulling/ripping hair from root
  • Forcibly shaving young women’s hair for punishment
  • Using hot sauce to burn sensitive areas of the skin and body (putting on tongue)
  • Burning skin using wood sticks or cigarettes
  • Using belt or wires to strike person
  • Using wires to restrain individual/shackle individual
  • Twisting ears, hands, fingers for punishment
  • Throwing objects at a person
  • Lack of proper clothing (e.g. no winter jacket during winter)

Ontario Women’s Network is strongly opposed to all forms of violence, and is dedicated to ending the cycle of violence.

 

ENOUGH. LET'S END ABUSE ALL TOGETHER

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