Abuse (Mental/Emotional Abuse ( (Signs of emotional abuse include:,…
If you’re being mentally and emotionally abused, trust your instincts. Know that it isn’t right and you don’t have to live this way.
If you fear immediate physical violence, call 911 or your local emergency services.
One definition of emotional abuse is: "any act including confinement, isolation, verbal assault, humiliation, intimidation, infantilization, or any other treatment which may diminish the sense of identity, dignity, and self-worth
Signs of emotional abuse include:
Yelling or swearing
Name calling or insults; mocking
Threats and intimidation
Ignoring or excluding
Denial of the abuse and blaming of the victim
Physical violence is often seen as being more serious than emotional abuse, but this isn’t true. The scars of emotional abuse are real and long lasting. As well as having a negative impact on your self-esteem and confidence, emotional abuse can leave you feeling depressed, anxious and even suicidal.
If you aren’t in immediate danger, reach out to a trusted friend or family member, therapist, or volunteer with an abuse shelter or domestic violence hotline
Sexual abuse is unwanted sexual activity, using force, making threats or taking advantage of victims not able to give consent. Most victims and perpetrators know each other
Long-term symptoms include anxiety, fear or post-traumatic stress disorder.
Some forms of sexual assault include:
Fondling or unwanted sexual touching
Forcing a victim to perform sexual acts, such as oral sex or penetrating the perpetrator’s body
Penetration of the victim’s body, also known as rape
There is also Non-contact abuse that involves non-touching activities, such as grooming, exploitation, persuading children to perform sexual acts over the internet and flashing
It can be important to tell someone if you have been sexually abused in the past or if you are being sexually assaulted currently. Sexual abuse is a serious crime and there are laws in place to help protect people who are being abused.
Physical abuse basically involves a person using physical force against you, which causes, or could cause, you harm.
Some Types of physical abuse :
scratching or biting
pushing or shoving
choking or strangling
Physical abuse can leave you with more than marks on your body. It can lead to you feeling:
frightened or anxious
depressed and sad
lonely and isolated
like you want to self-harm or run away
worthless or like you have no self-esteem
unable to eat normally
Talking about abuse is difficult. But it helps. Telling someone what’s going on means you don’t have to deal with it on your own. Most importantly, telling someone can help stop the physical abuse. It also means you can start to live a life that’s happier and safer.
5 things to remember:
no matter what the reason, physical abuse is always wrong
being abused is not your fault
it might feel like telling someone could make it worse, but getting help can keep you safe
physical abuse can make you feel powerless. Being hurt is never your fault and counsellors are always here to help
if you’re in immediate danger, you can call the police on 911 and they will come to help you.