Abuse is a behavior where one person imposes physical, emotional, sexual, economic, or psychological maltreatment to maintain or gain control over another person. Of those who experience abuse, women account for 85%, with women ages 20-24 at greater risk. Additionally, there are over 3 million reports of child abuse in the United States each year, and unfortunately 80% of children that die from abuse are under the age of 4.
There are many forms of abuse, and often times the signs are not visible. Abusive actions that intimidate, manipulate, or humiliate emotionally are as common as those behaviors which cause physical pain. If you are experiencing abuse, speak out and seek help immediately. Report the abuse to someone you trust. If your safety is threatened call the police.
Abuse can lead to serious lifelong psychological and physical problems. Common problems for those who experience abuse include anxiety, depression, substance abuse, posttraumatic stress disorder, suicidal thoughts and actions, social phobia, and panic disorders. A psychologist can help you cope with these problems. Please search our database of psychologists to contact support.
Visit the resources below for additional information: