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There are many methods that couples counselors can fix. Still, some prominent abuse methods are physical abuse, domestic violence, sexual abuse, psychological or emotional abuse, financial or material abuse, modern slavery, discrimination, and organizational or institutional abuse.

Abuse can affect isolation, distrust, and fear, leading to long-lasting psychological consequences in education difficulties, extremely low self-esteem, severe stress, or depression. It might be troublesome to maintain a happy and stable relationship.

A Fitcy abuse counselor helps patients overcome their challenges and address their symptoms. Even abuse counseling therapy also help those who are still engaged in abuse and helps their patient to stop that by using psychological tools and techniques.

Abuse trauma can survive for years, but experimenting with evidence-based treatment can help stabilize it and make it manageable for some or even decades. Abuse counselors determine the intensity of trauma and deal according to what might trigger it in the future.

What is Abuse?

The meaning of abuse is to use force, power, violence, or words against a person or animal to hurt them physically, mentally, or both. Abuse can be done to gain pleasure or power but can be a part of cultural norm as well.

There are many different types of abuse, and some are considered criminal activities as well. Abuse generally is directed at the marginalized and vulnerable segments of the society, like women and children. In UAE, as per Khaleej Times, 75% of the registered abuse cases pertained to women.

What are The Different Types of Abuse?

Abuse can manifest in different capacities, which include:

What is Child Abuse?

Child abuse is a type of neglect. In this abuse, a minor is not given enough basic resources to survive. Or they are not given emotional support. Some forms of child abuse also include:

  • Using violence in the house
  • Ignoring the basic needs of the child
  • Child feeling insecure and unsafe in the house
  • Forcing child to earn

What is Conservatorship Abuse?

A conservator is an aide for the elderly, and when they abuse their position, it is called conservatorship abuse. The abuse can take any of the following forms:

  • Financial exploitation
  • Misuse of authority
  • Physical, mental, or emotional abuse and exploitation
  • Breach of their trust
  • Neglect
  • Fiddling with their legal documents
  • Not acting out of their interest

What is Domestic Abuse?

Domestic abuse, also known as intimate partner violence, is inflicting harm to one’s partner. The harm may be physical or psychological. Some ways the victim is abused include:

  • Making them weak
  • Controlling their movement, choice, finances, etc.
  • Isolating them
  • Causing them physical and mental harm
  • Gaslighting them
  • Coercing them in different ways, especially sexually
  • Stalking them
  • Subjecting them to mental, emotional, financial, and physical abuse

What is Emotional and Verbal Abuse?

Emotional and verbal abuse harms the psychological health of the person. They are emotionally exploited. Hurtful and dangerous words are used against them. Examples of emotional and verbal abuse include:

  • Name calling
  • Being possessive in a toxic way
  • Hurling insults
  • Controlling movement, choice, appearance, and apparel
  • Humiliating
  • Gaslighting
  • Misleading
  • Cheating
  • Threatening
  • Damaging things that the victim loves
  • Accusing the victim of cheating, etc.

What is Mental Abuse?

Mental abuse is when a person’s mental health and wellbeing are jeopardized using force, coercion, manipulation, etc. The victim ends up blaming themselves and doubting their sanity.

Since their judgement is harmed in mental abuse, they start thinking they deserve the abuse, or no one will believe them anyway. Hence, mental abuse is dangerous, and torturous. Some examples of mental abuse include:

  • Playing Mind games
  • Gaslighting
  • Isolating the victim
  • Bullying
  • Threatening them with abandonment or harm
  • Intimidating them

What is Physical Abuse?

Physical abuse is the use of force against the other person to harm them physically or making them feel unsafe. Some forms of physical abuse include:

  • Hitting
  • Using weapon
  • Not giving food and shelter
  • Preventing people from getting medial help
  • Forcing them to use different substances like drugs
  • Throwing objects

What is Sexual Abuse?

Sexual abuse includes sexual violence of any sort, including sexual coercion, marital rape, rape, etc. It also includes having relationships with a minor. Sexual abuse violence that is physical and psychological.

Examples of sexual abuse include:

  • Forcing yourself on others
  • Lacking consent
  • Critiquing other person’s sexual prowess
  • Making them do things against their will including wearing certain garbs
  • Taking their inappropriate pictures
  • Exploiting their sexual needs
  • Using sex as a weapon
  • Belittling them or their needs
  • Using violence during sex
  • Ignoring partner’s needs and feelings
  • Partaking in unsafe sex or removing condom or any other contraceptive during sex
  • Making the partner watch pornography
  • Engaging in fetishes and kinks without the partner’s consent
  • Harassing the victim in any capacity

What is Unintentional Abuse?

In some cases, the perpetrator might be conducting the acts of abuse without knowing that it is form of abuse. It can be due to their own trauma, cultural practices, or conditioning. In such cases, it is referred to as unintentional abuse, as it occurs due to normalization of the various act of violence.

How to Stop Sexual Abuse?

Even though the issue is complex, there are some ways that you can play a role in stopping sexual abuse. These include:

  • Push for laws that protect the vulnerable
  • Spread hotlines for help
  • Talk about the forms sexual abuse can take
  • Donate time, money and resources to organization working against abuse and helping the victims
  • Vehemently oppose victim-blaming
  • Support the victims
  • Ensure safe environments
  • Campaign about the rights of people
  • Make efforts to control sexual harassment
  • Report cases of sexual abuse
  • Call out cultural practices that normalize it
  • Talk about consent
  • Teach men the proper etiquettes of partaking in sex
  • Be intolerant of rape jokes, cat calling, harassment, etc.

How to Stop Abuse?

Stopping abuse requires individual as well as collective effort. Some helpful steps include:

  • Legislation against abuse of any form
  • Police reforms so abusers can be brought to justice
  • Legal aid for the victims
  • Speak up against abuse
  • Systems to help the victims, including housing, financial help, therapy, medical aid, etc.

How to Spot Child Abuse?

Some signs that a child may be abused include:

  • Withdrawn behavior
  • Unexplained injuries or bruises on their body alongside signs of physical violence
  • Poor health
  • Aggression
  • Sleeping problems
  • Substance abuse
  • Unusual fears
  • Reluctance to be at home
  • Regular absences from school
  • Nervousness

How to Deal with Abuse?

The exact response to abuse is contingent on the type being suffered. Moreover, responding to and dealing with abuse is a complex issue, as one’s sanity and safety are on the line. Many victims are also financially beholden to their abusers, due to which they cannot make an exit.

Hence, there are no fixed steps to dealing with abuse. But some things that you can do include:

Tell Your Family

Many victims try to cover the abuse, as they are afraid. But you need to tell your friends and family; you need a safe place.

Tell the Authorities

Go to the police or the authorities like your management and lodge complaint. Paperwork is important, especially when the activity is criminal and there will be legal proceedings against it. Moreover, tell the police if you fear for your life.

Secure Yourself

It helps to have your finances sorted, so that you do not have to stay in the relationship. If there are any weapons in the house, remove them.

Exit Strategy

Having an escape plan or an exit strategy is helpful. It allows you to make a quick getaway.

Do Not Engage with Your Abuser

An abuser will not speak logic to you. So, do not engage with them, no matter how coercive they might be.

Get Treatment

Victims of abuse have a lot of physical and psychological trauma. Getting help is imperative. Since there is a lot of fear of the outside, platforms like Fitcy Health that operate remotely are excellent resources, as the victim gets help from the safety of their own space.

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Gaston molina

Clinical psychologist
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