Most of us recognize that punching, hitting, kicking, pulling hair, pushing and slamming someone onto or into a hard surface, burning, biting and strangulation—are all obvious ways to inflict physical violence on another person. Using a weapon is, of course, also a very serious abuse that can result in deadly injuries. Cuts, bumps and bruises, wounds, scarring, bite marks and broken bones are clear signs of abuse. Typically, someone who has been physically abused should be seen by a medical professional as soon as possible. Remember that victims of abuse may also suffer closed head wounds and need immediate attention for concussions and other brain injuries.

Abusers who use physical violence to control and dominate you are not likely to change. You need to get help and get out!