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Social abuse

What is social abuse?

Perpetrators of social abuse prevent a person from spending time with family and friends, and participating in social activities. By isolating a woman from her support networks, the perpetrator is attempting to assert power and control over her.

Without a network of friends and family to support her, a woman can find it very difficult to leave an abusive relationship.

Signs of social abuse

Social abuse can include:

  • monitoring a woman’s phone calls and emails
  • deciding which friends and family members a woman can talk to and spend time with
  • continuously criticising a woman’s friends and family
  • not allowing a woman to meet or spend time with neighbours
  • moving the person far away so they cannot reach family or friends
  • verbally and/or physically abusing a woman in public or in front of other people.

Learn more about the other types of abuse that some men use against women.

What to do if you are experiencing social abuse

If you are in an abusive relationship, you can find help now.

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