Webster’s dictionary online describes abuse in several ways. One is to treat someone or something in a harmful, injurious, or offensive way. Another is to speak insultingly, harshly, and unjustly to or about someone or something. The maltreatment, or bad and improper treatment, of a child is another description of abuse. Last, but certainly not least, is sexual assault.
The Domestic Abuse Project provides a list of abusive treatment for emotional abuse, psychological abuse, sexual abuse, and physical abuse on their website.
Just to list a few examples:
- Abuse is talking to someone in a threatening or degrading manner.
- Abuse is threatening to or physically hitting, pushing, choking, thumping, and any other unwelcomed physical contact.
- Abuse is neglecting a child or any person who is unable to care for themselves.
- Abuse is preventing you from having communication with family and friends.
- Abuse is someone else controlling your choices and circumstances, not allowing you to control your own life.
- Abuse is trapping you with their body, allowing you no movement or protection of yourself.
- Abuse is frightening you.
This list could go on and on but I think it shows a solid example of abuse.
If you are currently being abused, please seek help. You do not deserve this treatment and can find assistance through:
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE
Confidential – 24 hours per day
Will accept collect calls
Call to access shelter, support groups and other resources.
Do not hesitate to get help now, as your life and those of your children could very well be in serious danger.