1.use (something) to bad effect or for a bad purpose; misuse.
“the judge abused his power by imposing the fines”
synonyms: misuse, misapply, misemploy; More
make excessive and habitual use of (alcohol or drugs, esp. illegal ones).
2.treat (a person or an animal) with cruelty or violence, esp. regularly or repeatedly.
synonyms: mistreat, maltreat, ill-treat, treat badly
1. violent or aggressive behavior within the home, typically involving the violent abuse of a spouse or partner.
“police, social services, and voluntary agencies are working together to tackle domestic violence”