Survivors of abuse may experience feelings of isolation and shame, anxiety and depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and/or substance dependency. However, these effects do not have to last forever. Reaching out for help is the first step towards recovery.
Domestic abuse, otherwise known as intimate partner violence (IVP), reflects a pattern of controlling behaviors that the abuser exerts over the survivor. Domestic abuse may present itself as physical or verbal harassment, shoving/pushing/hitting, name-calling/mocking/intimidation, denying access to money, and more.
Mental abuse reflects ongoing behaviors of manipulation, verbal abuse, physical restrictions, insults, shifting blame, monitoring texts, emails, or phone calls, and more.
Sexual abuse is often forceful and advantageous. It can take the form of unwanted touching, unsolicited comments on appearance, forced penetration (rape), sexual assault, videotaping or photographing sexual acts without consent, name-calling of the sexual nature, pinching or grabbing at the skin, and more.
Child abuse and neglect involve purposeful harm to a child either through physical, mental, or sexual means. Child abuse can involve hitting, belittlement, improper care (malnourishment, inhumane living situation, and abandonment), any touching of the sexual nature, and threats. Signs to look out for include fearfulness, anxiety, isolation, resistance to go near certain people or places, bed wetting, signs of physical abuse such as burns, bruises, scrapes, or cuts, and noticeable changes in behavior.
Taking action sometimes requires an incredible amount of courage, but it can save a life. Whether you are a survivor of abuse yourself or know of a loved one being abused, seeking the right care can mean the difference between life and death. Abuse counseling is one option towards recovery. Trust your gut. If a situation turns violent, or personal safety is in question, call the police.
Abuse counseling can help you set necessary boundaries and work through trauma. At Great Lakes Psychology Group, our psychologists specialize in abuse counseling and aim to restore your sense of value by getting you the help you need. We recognize the courage it takes to seek help. We take your privacy and safety seriously with secure online appointment booking, private waiting rooms, same-day, evening, and weekend appointments, and the ability to choose from over 150 licensed therapists to make sure you find the right fit.
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