Anatomy of Abuse...and What to Do

Do you feel isolated? Do you feel afraid to reach out to friends or family? Do you hide those bruises on your arm with long sleeves? Is your financial access to your own accounts limited? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you may be the victim of abuse. For the last three weeks, I was on WICC 600 with Tony and Melissa talking about types of abuse, signs of abuse, and where to go for help. Sadly, abuse is far too common and can take numerous forms. Let me just break down the basic types.

  • Physical—harm to the body. This could be in form of hitting, slapping, punching, kicking, etc.

  • Verbal—harsh words. This could mean criticism, insults, denouncements, threats, and judgmental comments.

  • Psychological/emotional—This means a threat to the person’s self-esteem, mental health, or emotional well-being. For example, blaming, shaming, denial of wrong-doing, isolation, intimidation, threatening to self-harm.

  • Sexual/molestation—unwanted sexual contact. This could indicate abuse to an adult, a child, or a teen. This happens without the person’s consent and even includes rape between a married couple.

If you or someone you know can resonate with the above definitions, check out some of the resources below:

Don’t suffer alone! Get help and let others help you.

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