How We Can Know What Kinds of Abuse Are Out There 

It is a difficult topic to talk about, especially for those of us who have been hurt and traumatized by it. Still, abuse is a topic that needs to be discussed openly. There are too many people out there who feel like they can’t speak up about what they are going through. Too many people feel like they are not able to seek safety or don’t deserve a better life. Victims of abuse are scared to speak out, or they don’t even understand that they need to speak out. They might not even know that they are victims of abuse at all. Let’s talk about the different kinds of abuse that exist. There are so many different kinds out there, and it is essential to know how to recognize and identify abusive behavior. If we don’t know about the types of abuse, we won’t be able to pick out the signs, possibly leaving someone in danger.  

 The first kind of abuse we want to talk about is discriminatory. Discriminatory abuse relates to race, gender, gender identity, age, disability, sexual orientation, and religion. It can take the form of slurs, harassment, or denial of service.

 Next is psychological abuse. This includes emotional abuse, like threats of abandonment, humiliation, blaming, controlling, intimidation, and much more. Psychological abuse is anything that is harming your mental state. Such behavior can force you to rethink your way of life, and leave you questioning your judgments and thoughts. In this way, an abuser forces their victim to rely upon them for guidance. 

 Financial abuse includes theft, fraud, and internet scams. While financial abuse is lesser-known, it still has some serious ramifications. In fact, financial abuse can ruin a person’s entire life. 

 Another form of abuse is organizational, or the way you are treated within an organization. This could be the way you are treated at your work, at your doctor’s office or other services. If the company is continually mistreating you in various ways, that can be classified as abuse. 

 The next form of abuse is neglect. Neglect is a complex topic, as it can from external forces (e.g., other people), or from yourself. External neglect is when a caregiver ignores personal hygiene or fails to apply proper medical services or care for the person in their charge. 

Self-neglect occurs when we let our own needs fall by the wayside. Both are dangerous and harmful, as neglect can destroy a person’s mental and physical wellbeing over time.

 Next, we have sexual abuse. This can take the form of rape, indecent exposure, sexual harassment, inappropriate looking or touching, sexual photography, and more. Sexual abuse is the repeated, inappropriate treatment of a person sexually. This type of abuse can permanently damage a person’s views of sex, intimacy, and physical connection. Sadly, this is one of the more prevalent forms of abuse. 

 Modern slavery is a form of abuse, as well. This includes forced labor and human trafficking. This kind of abuse is a dark part of our world, and it goes on everywhere. It is kept hidden from the public eye, but it is a much more prevalent issue than you might suspect. 

 Physical abuse is one of the more well-known forms of violence. This includes any physical harm done to a person: hitting, slapping, pushing, and assault with a weapon. It is a common form of abuse, possibly the most common. 

 Finally, we have domestic abuse, which encompasses almost every other type we have talked about in this article. It occurs at home, within and outside of the family. It is an overarching form of abuse and one that afflicts many of us around the world. 

 No matter the kind of abuse, it is essential to stop abuse when we can. This means we have to know the signs and know when it is happening. By understanding the different types of abuse and looking out for the symptoms, we can be better equipped to fight injustice around the world. 

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