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Abuse and Violence in Relationships

  • By: Patricia Noller
  • In: Encyclopedia of Human Relationships
  • Edited by: Harry T. Reis & Susan Sprecher
  • Subject:Interpersonal Relationships, Group Processes/Dynamics, Close Relationships

The terms abuse, violence, and aggression tend to be used interchangeably, and such abuse can be physical or nonphysical, although violence usually refers only to physical abuse. The term psychological abuse tends to refer to abuse that is verbal or emotional, ...

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