Violence can be physical actions such as hitting or kicking, or mental violence such as intimidation, degradation, control and humiliation. Violence can also be sexual violence, such as rape, incest, or unwanted groping.
Other forms of violence include actions which frighten or wound, such as material violence; destruction of valuable objects or other destruction which is frightening to witness, and financial violence; material exploitation of others or preventing others from gaining access to their money.
Violence and abuse can be broadly divided into what happens in close relationships (e.g. violence between partners, violence against children or between siblings), or violence in other relationships (at the workplace, between friends and acquaintances or in public space).