Abuse comes in many forms. It can be physical, emotional, verbal, sexual, spousal or child abuse. The abuse may have occurres on a regular on-going basis or intermittently every week, or once a month or even every sis months, or once a year. All these situations are still abuse.

Physical abuse can be hitting, shoving, choking, holding someone when they do not want you to, or blocking their escape route.

Emotional or mental abuse can be a perpetrator confusing the other person deliberatelty, mocking them, ridiculing them in private or public, creating an environment where the other person feels threatened, afraid or worthless.

Verbal abuse happens when one person yells at another, calls them names, uses foul language or other words to reduce or put them down.

Sexual abuse for a child encompasses any sexual act involving a child that is intended to provide sexual gratification to a parent, caregiver, or other individual who has responsibility for the child. Adult sexual abuse occurs when one partner is coerced into sexual acts they do not wish to participate in.

Spousal abuse comprises nonaccidental acts of physical force that result in harm to the partner or to produce fear in them. It can include shoving, slapping, hair pulling, pinching, restraining, shaking, throwing, poisoning, force to the throat, cutting off air supply, holding head under water, or using a weapon.

If you can identify with any of these situations, I encourage you to talk with one of our counselors to get the help you need. They will not judge you but they will support and help you.

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