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Physical abuse is a form of antisocial behavior and is abuse involving contact intended to cause pain, injury, or other physical suffering or harm.

Basic forms include:

  • striking
  • punching
  • pushing, pulling
  • pinching
  • kicking
  • having someone fall
  • strangling
  • drowning
  • sleep deprivation
  • exposure to cold, freezing
  • exposure to heat or radiation, burning
  • exposure to electric shock
  • placing in "stress positions" (tied or otherwise forced)
  • cutting or otherwise exposing somebody to something sharp
  • exposure to a dangerous animal
  • throwing or shooting a projectile
  • exposure to a toxic substance
  • infecting with a disease


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