Abuse can be defined as the mistreatment or misuse of people, showing no concern for their integrity or innate worth as individuals, and in a manner that degrades their well being. Often those being abused are controlled by their abuser in some way, they may have to become submissive to survive.

Abuse is sadly commonplace and takes on many forms, including physical, sexual, emotional, and verbal abuse. It touches victims across the lifespan from children through elders.

There are three main types of abuse-

  • physical
  • sexual
  • emotional

Physical abuse refers to when the victim is attacked physically. This can included slapping, hitting, biting, burning and so forth. Often the injuries are hidden from the sight of others.

Sexual abuse refers any form of sexual act that some one is forced to undertake or be part of that they didn’t wish to be part of.

Emotional abuse refers to the ‘putting down’ of a person. It can be done through name calling, threatening, not listening, sulking and criticising. Victims can become anxious, depressed and isolated, they can also seek solace in drugs and alcohol.