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Abuse isn't always Physical

Violence and abuse do not have to be physical for it to cause major damage to a person’s self-esteem, self-worth, and mental health. 

Abuse comes in all shapes and forms. Just because he doesn’t lay his hand on you and hurt you does not mean you aren’t getting abused. Violence and abuse do not have to be physical for it to cause major damage to a person’s self-esteem, self-worth, and mental health. These forms of abuse are sometimes even worse because the victims think it’s okay to be treated that way, some even think they deserve it, which makes it harder to fight off and stop.

Here are some of the different forms of abuse and violence you should know:

Physical Abuse

It’s the most familiar form of abuse to us. Some people think that this is the only type of abuse there is. Physical abuse is any act that causes the victim physical harm. Whether is just a slap in the face or a more serious assault, no one has the right to harm you no matter what the reason is.

Sexual Abuse

It’s any sexual act or behavior done to someone without explicit consent. Rape, child molestation, sexual exploitation, and fondling fall under this category.

Psychological Abuse

This type of abuse is the most common type of abuse that people encounter, but more often than not, they do not know that they are already experiencing it. This form of abuse is also often called emotional abuse. Humilation, getting threats and insults, verbal abuse, manipulation, forcing you to do something you don’t want to do or any other act that may result in anxiety, psychological trauma, or damage in your self-worth is considered psychological abuse.

Economic Abuse

This form of abuse is about financial control. It’ about having control of how their partner can get money and other resources. This may result in limitations in their partners’ choices and access to safety which will then make them stay in an abusive relationship because if they leave, they won’t have any means to survive.

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is any act of physical, sexual psychological, or economic abuse that is committed in an intimate relationship or a family. Ultimately, the main purpose of this type of violence is to gain power and control over a spouse, partner, or family member.

If you are experiencing any of these forms of violence, remember that you are not alone. Stand up, seek help, and speak up for others.  Please report or contact immediately the following offices:

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