Different Types of Abuse
Abuse may be
physical, emotional/verbal, sexual, ritualistic in nature, religious, financial,
or a combination of all of them.


Physical abuse is any nonconsensual physical harm: beating,
punching, hitting, kicking, scratching, and slapping.

Ritualistic abuse is physical, sexual, or emotional abuse used in the context of a religious rite,
such as raping someone as part of the rite, sacrifices etc.

Religious abuse is not just ritualistic abuse, but also such things as using religious tenets to excuse
physical, sexual, or emotional abuse.
Excusing one's physical abuse because the abuse victim is "evil", for instance,
would in this author's opinion be religious abuse as well as physical abuse.

Financial abuse is controlling, someone's finances without their consent,
including money for food, clothing, and shelter.
An example would be, forcing someone to sign his or her check over to the perpetrator
by beating the person.

Effects of Abuse leave both physical and mental scars on the victim.


Some physical effects include visible scars, mutilation,
and even such extremes as missing limbs, blindness, or paralyses.
The most extreme physical effect of abuse is death.
The most common mental effects are a low self-esteem and depression.0
Survivors of long-term abuse also experience anxiety/panic attacks, memory loss,
flashbacks of the abuse; the inability to form healthy relationships; impaired sexual functioning;
extreme fear and (self-imposed) social isolation.
Dissociation is also a common effect of abuse, whether this be mild or extreme.
Other neuroses and psychoses also have their root in abuse.
Abused children live much of their adult life dysfunctional,
due to the depth of depression, low self-esteem, and
sometimes dissociation, which is so common to, abused children.
These children often grow up to have little or no sense of self-worth,
and frequently turn to self-mutilation, self-destructive behaviors
such as addiction or seeking out of abusive partners (subconsciously),
excessive unhealthy sexual behavior, and sometimes suicide.

Abuse Types

Physical Indicators

Behavioral Indicators

Physical Abuse

· Unexplained Bruises and Welts
· On Face
· On Torso, Back, Buttocks, Thighs
· Identifiable shape of object used to inflict injury
(i.e. belt, electrical cord, etc.)
· Appear with regularity after absence, weekend or vacation.
· Unexplained Burns
· On soles of feet, palms, back, buttocks, or head
· Hot water immersion burns
· (glove-like, sock-like, or doughnut-shaped burn
on buttocks or genitals)
· Unexplained fractures or dislocations
· Bald patches on scalp

· Child states he/she deserves punishment
· Wary of adult contact
· Fearful when others cry
· Behavioral extremes such as aggression or withdrawal
· Frightened of parents or caretakers
· Afraid to go home
· Child reports injury by parents or caretaker
· Inappropriate/immature acting out
· Needy for attention
· Manipulative behaviors to get attention
· Tendency toward superficial relationships
· Unable to focus, daydreaming
· Self-abusive behavior
or lack of concern for personal safety

Physical Neglect

· Not meeting basic needs such as food, shelter clothing.
· Failure to thrive, underweight, small for age.
· Constant hunger
· Poor hygiene
· Inappropriate dress for season or weather
· Constant lack of supervision
· Unattended physical problems
or medical needs
· Frequent illness such as colds, asthma, etc.
· Abandonment

· Begging or stealing food

Sexual Abuse

· Difficulty in walking or sitting
· Torn, stained or bloody undergarments
· Pain, swelling or itching in the genital area
· Pain when urinating
· Bruises, bleeding or tears around genital area
· Vaginal or penile discharge
· Sexually Transmitted diseases: Herpes,
crabs, vaginal warts
Gonorrhea, syphilis HIV, AIDS
· Excessive masturbation

Emotional Abuse and Neglect

· Speech Disorders
· Stuttering
· Baby talk
· Unresponsiveness
· Failure to thrive
· Underweight, small for age
· Hyperactivity

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