Physical aggression by a man toward his partner is abuse, even if it happens only once. If he raises a fist; punches a hole in the wall; throws things at you; blocks your way; restrains you; grabs, pushes, or pokes you; or threatens to hurt you, that’s physical abuse. He is creating fear and using your need for physical freedom and safety as a way to control you.
Emotional Abuse can be often worse than physical abuse, because it stays with the person & holds their mind a prisoner. They accept the physical abuse because their mind is conditioned that they deserve it or what the person says must be true. I sadly know this & it can take years to retrain & believe in truth, not fiction & escape all forms of Abuse.