Physical abuse is any type of physical action that causes an effect on the victim. This can include hitting, biting, pinching, choking, pulling hair, kicking, holding you down or pushing you.
In addition it could be stopping you from doing something that can have a physical effect on your body. So for example stopping you from seeking medical attention, withholding medication, refusing to help you when you are injured, sick or pregnant, stopping you from eating, drinking or sleeping or holding you prisoner or locking you out of the house. This would also be the case if the abuser encourages you to hurt yourself.
Abusers may also leave the victim in fear of physical abuse with threats of violence towards yourself or someone else, or a pet, threatening you with an object, driving unsafely or abandoning you some where unsafe.