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Physical & Emotional Abuse Information

  • Abuse is a general term for the treatment of someone that causes some kind of harm (to the abused person, to the abusers themselves, or to someone else) that is unlawful or wrongful. Physical abuse is abuse involving contact intended to cause pain, injury, or other physical suffering or harm. Psychological abuse or emotional abuse refers to the humiliation or intimidation of another person, but is also used to refer to the long-term effects of emotional shock...
  • Psychological abuse can take the form of physical intimidation, a means to control others through scare tactics and oppression. It is often associated with situations of power imbalance often found in abusive relationships and child abuse relationships; however, it can also take place on larger scales, such as group psychological abuse, racial oppression, and bigotry. A more "mild" case might be that of workplace abuse. Workplace abuse is a large cause of workplace-related stress, which in turn can cause both physical and mental illness (such as battered women syndrome)..

    There need not be an agitator for psychological abuse to occur; one can undergo self-abuse, as in the case of someone who is depressive, or self-mutilating.

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Living in an abusive relationship can be emotionally devastating and physically dangerous so it is often difficult for friends and family to understand why the abused man or woman stays in or goes back to that relationship. If it is so bad why not just leave? Reasons for staying are many. Some based on the external situation, some on internal ... Read More »
Domestic violence is also known as intimate partner violence (IPV). It is important for the medical team to assess obvious trauma along with subtle complaints that may alert the medical team to signs of domestic violence.
There is no single right way to handle intimate-partner abuse. Each woman must decide what is best for herself and her family. However, if you decide to seek legal protection, know that batterers can be prosecuted for crimes such as assault. In addition, special laws protect battered women in all fifty states. These laws are consistent from one ... Read More »

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