Abuse refers to harmful or injurious treatment of another human being that may include physical, sexual, verbal, psychological/emotional, intellectual, or spiritual maltreatment

Abuse may coexist with neglect, which is defined as failure to meet a dependent person’s basic physical and medical needs, emotional deprivation, and/or desertion. Neglect is sometimes described as passive abuse.

Triggers - The Causes

  • A history of being abused or neglected as a child
  • Physical or mental illness, such as depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Family crisis or stress, including domestic violence and other marital conflicts, or single parenting
  • Financial stress, unemployment or poverty
  • Social or extended family isolation
  • Poor understanding of child development and parenting skills
  • Alcohol, drugs or other substance abuse

Symptoms - What it looks like

  • Physical abuse signs and symptoms - Unexplained injuries, such as bruises, broken bones (fractures) or burns
  • Injuries that don't match the given explanation
  • Emotional - Loss of self-confidence or self-esteem
  • Social withdrawal or a loss of interest or enthusiasm
  • Psychological - Depression. severe anxiety and fear
  • Neglect signs and symptoms - Excessive weight with medical complications that are not being adequately addressed
  • Poor personal cleanliness

Treatment - The way to healing

  • Get support - Making a decision to leave a situation where you feel unsafe may be hard and scary. If possible, talk to someone you trust, such as a friend and/or counselor
  • Go to a refuge - A shelter or refuge is a place where you can seek temporary accommodation.
  • Stay with family or a friend - Ask a trusted family member or friend if you can stay with them while you work out what to do next.
  • Talk to emergency services or the police
  • Mental health support with professionals

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