If you are being abused by a partner or family member, you may feel confused, afraid, angry and/or trapped. All of these emotions are normal responses to abuse. You may also blame yourself for what is happening. But no matter what others might say, you are never responsible for their abusive actions.
Whether you experienced abuse during childhood, adolescence or as an adult within a relationship, it can have a profound impact on your life, if left untreated.
Types of Abuse:
Emotional & Psychological – Name calling, putting you down, intimidation, control, manipulation, criticizing, accusing, emotional abandonment, restricting your friendships or relationships with family members, or telling you where you can go and when.
Physical – Hitting, punching, pushing, throwing, kicking, or restraining.
Sexual – Any type of non-consensual sexual act, refusing to wear contraception, causing unwanted pain or humiliation during sexual acts, or deliberately passing along sexual diseases.
Religious – Psychological manipulation using religious doctrine to justify behavior, or using one’s religious beliefs against them or to justify abusive acts.
Financial – Controlling access to money, restricting access to shared accounts, refusing to allow you to buy necessities, forbidding you to work or earn money, opening credit cards in your name without your permission, getting you fired from your job, or preventing you from going to work.
The aim of counseling is to help you understand yourself better and come to terms with what has happened to you. Counseling will help you to break away from past abusive relationships and work towards living in a way which is more constructive and adaptive.