Physical Abuse in Homes

What is Physical Abuse?

Physical abuse is an act of a person involving contact of another person intended to cause feelings of physical pain, injury, or other physical suffering or bodily harm. In most cases, children are the victims of physical abuse, but adults can also be victims.

Why Does Physical Abuse Happen in Homes?

To simply answer why does physical abuse happen is more complicated then you think. Every case of abuse has different and unique factors. Many times physical abuse is a mix between psychological, social, economic problems. Sometimes abuse happens because someone in the relationship has mental or physical conditions that play apart in the abuse.

Some families are more prone to violence than others because violence is a learned behavior and ca be transmitted from generation to generation. In families where violence is a normal response to tension or conflict because that is the way they were taught to respond. In those environments families are often hostile and uncaring.

You Can Help Stop Physical Abuse

How Does Physical Abuse Affect Children?

Every child has a right to a safe childhood and a life free from violence. Each child is affected by abuse differently. Some effects can be long-lasting or short. Children need guidance and be able to discuss freely and comfortably to help them recover because this is the first to healing. A lot of cases show that once the child know they are safe they can overcome the abuse that they went through. Children who have been abused as a child can still go on to have healthy and successful adult lives.

Children who witness abuse or violence can be affected whether or not they are abused or not. Research shows that children who are exposed to domestic violence are at an increased risk for emotional and behavioral problems, including anxiety, depression, and academic problems. Although many show emotional or behavioral problems not everyone shows psychological distress. It often depends on the severity and frequency of abuse the child received.

How Does Abuse Affect Your Mental, Emotional, and Social Health?

Any form of childhood trauma or abuse can impact the adulthood in fundamental ways. It could be their day-to-day activities. It can affect eating, sleeping, working, and study habits. One of the main concerns to abuse is how it affects the mental, physical, and social health as you grow. No matter what recovery is possible with the right support systems. After understanding the effects the abuse had on you you can connect your past experience with your present day challenges to help you succeed in life.

People who have been abused afterwards often ignore their feelings. They are often confused by their emotions and reactions because children who were raised in bad environments where normal expressions were punished or ignored by their family. Due to the confusion of emotions the person may have heightened anxiety levels, grief and sadness, shame, self blame and guilt, feeling helpless, powerless, or hopeless.

After being abused people who don’t seek help often control their emotions by drinking, drugs, sexual activities, gambling, or other activities. Many people also self harm out of hopelessness. After escaping the abuse many people who were abused have to learn about emotions- what they are, where they are from, and how to respond to them. Many go to psychiatrists to help them understand and forgive what has happened to them. Like most people who were betrayed by someone find it very hard to trust other people because they are scared of being betrayed again. Being verbally and physically abused affects their mental health. They often have the phrases “You are worthless” and “You have no value” going through their head because that is all they have heard at home which makes them have a lower self-esteem than normal people.

After being abused the body is affected they tend to have a heightened stress response. In turn it heightens their emotions, make it hard to get proper sleep, and you immune system is weakened, and over time increases your number of physical illnesses.

How Often Does Abuse Happen?

Men are victims of nearly 3 million physical assaults in the United States. 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.Women aged 18-34 are at greatest risk of becoming victims to domestic violence. More than 4 million women experience physical assault and rape by their partners. More than 60% of domestic violence occurs at home. Abuse is most likely to happen between 6 pm and 6 am. Domestic violence costs more than $37 billion a year in law enforcement help, legal work, and medical and mental health treatment. Without help girls who have witnessed abused are more vulnerable to abuse or be abused as teens and adults. Guys who don’t receive help are more likely to abuse their partners and/or children as adults, this then continues the cycle of violence in the next generation.
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Where Can You Get Help?

You can call these numbers to get help after being abused.

You can also find shelters all over the US for people who have been abused