Office of Victim & Survivor Rights & Services Helping victims during COVID We know the current situation is challenging. We commit to monitoring evolving concerns and remain dedicated to delivering services to victims of crime. Abuse is the improper usage or treatment of a thing, often to unfairly or improperly gain benefit. Abuse can come in many forms, such as: physical or verbal maltreatment, injury, assault, violation, rape, unjust practices, crimes, or other types of aggression. To these descriptions, one can also add the Kantian notion of the wrongness of using another human being as means to an end rather than.