There is no excuse for abuse. No one should be expected to tolerate it.
Abuse can occur to anyone of any age and gender and from any walk of life. It can take the form of physical battery, emotional bullying, psychological coercion, sexual abuse, or neglect.
Whatever your situation, you deserve to live without pain and fear. Whether you’re the abused, the abuser, or a concerned friend or family member, it’s important to know that there is help available. By learning about the different types of abuse and what you can do to stop or prevent it, you can make a huge difference in your own or someone else’s life.
- Domestic Violence and Abuse: Signs of Abuse and Abusive Relationships
- Help for Abused and Battered Women: Protecting Yourself and Escaping from Domestic Violence
- Help for Abused Men: Escaping Domestic Violence by Women and Domestic Partners
Child abuse and elder abuse
- Child Abuse and Neglect: Recognizing, Preventing, and Reporting Child Abuse
- Elder Abuse and Neglect: Warning Signs, Risk Factors, Prevention, and Reporting Abuse
What is Abuse?
Domestic abuse is a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used by one person to gain or maintain power and control over another—whether it be an intimate partner, dependent child, or elderly relative. Abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological. It includes actions or threats of actions designed to frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure or wound someone.
Domestic Violence and Abuse: Domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone, yet the problem is often overlooked, excused, or denied. Learn to recognize if you’re in an abusive relationship or spot the warning signs of domestic violence and emotional abuse in others. MORE »
Elder Abuse and Neglect: As the elderly become frail or mentally impaired, they’re less able to protect themselves. Put a stop to elder abuse by learning to spot the warning signs and taking step to prevent and report it. MORE »
Abuse can have a serious impact on your mental health, putting you at a higher risk for depression. But there’s help available, no matter how helpless, hopeless, sad, or empty you feel. Feeling better takes time, but you can get there with positive daily choices and support. MORE »
PTSD and trauma
The trauma of abuse—both emotional and physical—can take a heavy toll on your mind, body, and spirit. It’s important to acknowledge the traumatic effects of abuse and give yourself time to heal. Learn more about the symptoms and what you can do work through difficult emotions. MORE »