Abuse Information & Resources
In the U.S., over 1 million people a year are abused in some way. We're including sexual abuse, physical abuse, and psychological or emotional abuse.
"I was abused as a child by a member of my family. I never spoke out, living in shame even to this day." - Nicole, 34 years old
Researchers who study abuse victims agree the impact of abuse can last a lifetime. Many live with the shame of what happened to them and may suffer with a myriad of mental health problems like depression, addictions, and dissociative disorders. They have trouble with relationships, some self-injure. Others may become abusers themselves.
"As a teenager, my father would get drunk and beat the crap out of me. I swore I would never do that to my son, but I did and paid a huge price for it." - Doug, 42 years old
Unfortunately, most people who have been, or are being abused, don't seek help. The HealthyPlace Abuse Community features information on all types of abuse, the signs and symptoms of abuse, how to report abuse, where to get help and the types of treatments available. We also have extensive information on Dissociative Disorders and self-injury, usually the by-products of abuse. And there's a special section on bullies and bullying.
If you are looking for abuse support, come join the HealthyPlace Support Network. Sometimes, communicating with others who have similar experiences can bring comfort and be a great help.