Physical Abuse

Physical abuse is when unwanted physical contact is done to the victim in order to inflict pain, injury, or psychological damage. This may include hitting, punching, kicking, spitting, biting, pushing, etc. Batterers may even go as far as to inflict injury to a pet or child in order to force the victim to agree to his or her wishes. Physical abuse is a tool used by the batterer to attempt to gain control over his or her victims. There are several Kansas criminal statutes that may apply: