What is abuse?


Abuse is a general term which means the treatment of a person that causes them harm.


Abuse can take many forms and can affect any age from babies to the elderly and both male and female.


Types of abuse


  • Sexual abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional or psychological abuse
  • Verbal abuse
  • Child abuse
  • Incest
  • Domestic violence or spouse abuse
  • Elder abuse


Abuse may affect anyone regardless of religion, colour, or social standing. It happens within families of all financial backgrounds.


Child Abuse


This is often described under the following categories-

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Neglect.


Possible Effects of Abuse


It is important to remember that these are possible effects of abuse. Survivors of abuse may suffer from one or more of these effects, or none at all.


  • Lack of trust
  • Anger
  • Low self-esteem
  • Self harm
  • Difficulties with relationships
  • Feelings of guilt and shame
  • Depression
  • Problems with drugs or alcohol
  • Sleep problems
  • Eating disorders
  • Behaviour problems
  • Flashbacks
  • Panic attacks

It is important to remember that some people do not suffer long term effects from being abused.


Life After Abuse


If you are suffering from the effects of abuse there are things you can do.

  • Be kind to yourself
  • Learn relaxation skills
  • Consider seeing your GP
  • Seek support from people you can trust
  • Seek professional help from a counsellor


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