Abuse Articles

The effects of abuse, whether it is emotional, physical or sexual, can be both severe and long lasting. There can be both physical and emotional pain inflicted on the victim that can take years to heal. It can also effect the brain development in a young child and leave them with a lack of trust that can follow them through their future relationships.

Treating the effects of abuse often requires a multifaceted approach. Every case is different and requires individual considerations. Learning more about the signs and symptoms of abuse can be helpful for everyone including those in seemingly healthy relationships. The articles below offer a good starting point for doing this.

How Therapy Can Help When Someone Abuses You

When someone abuses you, you might feel alone and hopeless. After all, it’s tough to manage your life and your emotions when you’re living with someone who shows such little...

12 Long And Short-Term Effects Of Child Abuse

Child abuse and neglect are serious health problems that can have detrimental long-term and short-term effects on victims. Child abuse includes all types of abuse and neglect...

Types Of Elder Abuse: What Should I Be Looking For?

For some people, it becomes difficult to take care of themselves as they age. Often, they can’t find or afford people to help them out when they need it. In other cases, they...

Why Do People Participate in Victim Blaming?

The recent #MeToo movement brought a lot of hidden victims of sexual abuse or sexual harassment to the forefront. Regardless of your gender, you may have had a discussion with...

What Is Covert Narcissistic Abuse? Gaslighting, Manipulation, And Intimidation

Covert Narcissistic abuse often goes unnoticed-at least initially. While narcissism has been discussed at length in news articles, news stories, online forums, and other...

Identifying The Signs of Spousal Abuse

Do you suspect that you are in an abusive relationship? Spousal abuse is very serious, and in some cases, it can be life-threatening. Knowing the indicators isn’t always obvious...

Am I The Victim Of Covert Abuse? Learning The Signs

The signs of abuse are often talked about in hindsight. “Looking back, I knew something wasn’t right.” “Now that I think about it, there were warning signs.” These are phrases...

I Had Abusive Parents: Am I At Risk Of Abusing Kids?

Around the time that adults get married or think about having children of their own, it’s natural for them to reflect on their own childhoods. Those that had parents who were...

Stopping The Abuse Cycle: Where Do I Start?

Domestic violence takes on several forms, which is why not everyone recognizes certain situations as abuse. No one is immune to domestic abuse. While certain populations are...

Narcissistic Abuse Examples: How To Identify If You're A Victim Of Abuse 

If you’re in a difficult relationship with someone that you think could be a narcissist then you know first-hand the impact that it’s had...

6 Ways To End The Cycle Of Abuse

One of the most devastating things that can occur in any family or relationship is abuse. There are several types of abuse, but one thing is common about each type is...

Define Sobriety - How It Impacts Your Life

Sobriety. It’s a term that everyone knows, but not everyone agrees on the meaning of the word. We all understand the basic meaning of the word to mean not using drugs or alcohol...

Medically Reviewed By: Aaron Horn, LMFT, MA

What is Abuse?

Abuse is the intentional harm of a person. The individual can be of any age, including children, adults and even the elderly. Abuse is by definition harmful to the victims and leaves them with a feeling of helplessness. If know that you or a loved one is being abused, speak up. Do not stay silent and hope that it stops on its own. Abusers tend to escalate their behaviors and get worse with time.  There are often dire consequences when people stay in abusive relationships. There are several forms of abuse and it is important to recognize them so that you can get help if you need it. We can fight abuse by knowing the signs. Here are some different forms of abuse.

Physical Abuse

Physical abuse is when someone intentionally physically harms another person. It could include hitting, punching, or any physical violence. Even disciplining children can get out of hand and fall into the category of physical abuse. People who physically abuse others will often attempt to hide or disguise the marks that they leave on their victims. These marks are more than skin deep however. The lasting effects of physical abuse can lead to lifelong fear and anxiety in the victim.

Source: rawpixel.com

Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse is the sexual exploitation of another person. Consent is essential when it comes to sexual abuse. No means no! If there is no consent, then a sexual act is a violation of a person’s body. A young child or a person who has passed out from drugs or alcohol cannot give consent and falls into this category too. The sexual act could be intercourse, fondling, or any sexual advance or action. Sexual abuse is wrong, and it’s important to get the help you need to protect yourself. By speaking up, you can also help prevent the abuser from hurting another person.

Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse occurs when a person verbally attacks another person. It can be a child, adult, or even the elderly. They might belittle the person or call them names. Emotional abuse is often hidden from other people because of feelings of shame or doubt. Although you cannot see or touch the scars, but they are there. Emotional abuse severely affects a person’s self-esteem and ability to function. An emotionally abused person often does not know how to fight back because abusers tend to convince them that they are helpless.


Source: rawpixel.com

Medical Abuse

Medical abuse is when a person in a position of authority conveys false information about another individual’s health. A person who is medically abused is not receiving the adequate healthcare they deserve because they have been misled. Medical abuse is a form of neglect.

Neglect

Neglect can happen to someone of any age. It is the failure to provide basic needs. Neglect often happens in child abuse cases, where the parents or guardians fail to provide for the child’s basic needs such as food, shelter, clothing, education, or medical care. Neglect can happen to older adults and the disabled community as well.

Child Abuse

Child abuse is the intentional or unintentional harm of a minor, a person under the age of 18. It is heartbreaking, and it happens to many children. Forms of child abuse include physical, emotional, sexual, and neglect. Symptoms of child abuse include:

  • Withdrawal from activities with peers
  • Isolation
  • Depression
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Absent from school
  • Running away
  • Rebellious behavior
  • Self-harm
  • Suicide attempts

If you suspect a child is being abused, it is crucial to tell someone about it. You can call a school counselor, the police, or child protective services. Do not stay silent; you could save a child’s life.

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence or domestic abuse occurs within a home or family unit.  It is a severe form of harm to another person, and it happens to people of all ages. Sometimes partners abuse each other or parents abuse their children. Don’t be fooled about the word ‘violence.” The term encompasses all forms of abuse, whether it is violent or not. For example, mental and emotional abuse falls under the category of domestic violence because it’s hurting people. Domestic violence is a serious problem, and it includes all forms of abuse mentioned above. If you are in a toxic domestic environment, it is imperative to seek help. You can visit Safe Horizon or The Hotline for resources and support with domestic violence.

Source: rawpixel.com

Online Counseling

Online counseling is an excellent place to talk about your feelings. If you are in an abusive environment, your counselor can help you figure out how to get help. If you have experienced abuse or trauma in your past, a licensed online counselor at BetterHelp can support you in your healing journey. You don’t have to suffer alone. Search our network of experienced counselors and get help now.

For More Help and Support With Abuse.
Speak with a Licensed Abuse Counselor Today!
The information on this page is not intended to be a substitution for diagnosis, treatment, or informed professional advice. You should not take any action or avoid taking any action without consulting with a qualified mental health professional. For more information, please read our terms of use.