Physical abuse

Physical abuse can have a long term emotional, psychological and physical effect on the abused individual. Physical abuse can include: Pushing, hitting, slapping or assaulting another person with a weapon or object. Imprisoning a child or adult Depriving someone of food, sleep or other life essentials People who experience physical abuse may feel ashamed to ask for help, as their abuser may be a partner, family member or close friend. The abuser may be someone they love and feel that they should be able to trust.  It can often take place behind closed doors, with the abuser inflicting blame the person they are abusing. There are a lot of complex relationship and power issues involved. If you are being abused or if you are abusing another and want to stop this behaviour, The Eaves has specialist therapists trained to support you through abuse. They can help you to gain awareness and understanding of the complex emotional and relational issues surrounding physical abuse. This subsequently can aid your journey to a safe, fulfilling life. If you are in an emergency situation, please call the Police or contact abuse helplines such as Refuge.

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Physical abuse is any intentional act causing injury, trauma, bodily harm or other physical suffering to another person or animal by way of bodily contact.

Adults who have buried their history of child abuse can continue to suffer in ways that can include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, substance misuse, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, anger, guilt, learning disabilities, physical illness, disturbing memories and dissociation.

As soon as possible! You do not have to wait for an emergency situation to find help. If physical abuse is happening to you, its important to tell someone and remember you are not alone.