Abuse in Adulthood

The first thing to understand is please never downplay abuse in adulthood (or childhood for that matter), nor should you compare your abuse to anothers’, thinking that someone else has it worse than you. Abuse is abuse at the end of the day. And if you need help, you need help

Types of Adult Abuse

There are many different types of abuse and it is not uncommon for people to experience several instances of abuse at the same time, typical types of abuse can be categorised but are not limited to:

  • Domestic abuse/violence
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Psychological or emotional abuse
  • Family abuse
  • Social abuse including friends
  • Financial abuse
  • Discriminatory abuse
  • Organisational abuse

It is very difficult for sufferers to understand or identify that they are in an abusive situation, often others point it out but in the first instance if it doesn’t feel right then it probably isn’t.

Signs and symptoms that you are in an abusive situation – please be aware that you may feel a mixture of these symptoms or none, this list is not exhaustive.

  • Low self-esteem
  • Feeling that the abuse is their fault when it is not
  • Physical evidence of violence such as bruising, cuts, broken bones
  • Verbal abuse and humiliation in front of others
  • Fear of outside intervention
  • Damage to home or property
  • Isolation – not seeing friends and family
  • Limited access to money
  • Self-harming
  • Poor concentration, withdrawal, sleep disturbance
  • Excessive fear/apprehension of, or withdrawal from, relationships
  • Fear of receiving help with personal care
  • Reluctance to be alone with a particular person
  • An air of silence when a particular person is present
  • Withdrawal or change in the psychological state of the person
  • Insomnia
  • Uncooperative and aggressive behaviour
  • A change of appetite, weight loss/gain
  • Signs of distress: tearfulness, anger
  • Apparent false claims, by someone involved with the person, to attract unnecessary treatment
  • The person appears withdrawn and isolated
  • Expressions of anger, frustration, fear or anxiety

No one should suffer abuse alone, please talk to me so together we can begin the process of recovery to allow you to thrive in your life.

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