Physical abuse

                              Physical abuse
What is physical abuse?
Physical abuse happens when a person uses physical force against another person. Physical abuse can start slowly and inconspicuously, for example with throwing an object or a slap, and get more intense or worse over time.

Signs of physical abuse

A person can experience many different types of physical abuse. Physical abuse includes:

shaking, slapping, pushing, punching or scratching
spitting or biting
trying to strangle or choke
using weapons
driving dangerously
destroying property and throwing things
abuse of children or pets
locking someone out of their house or in the house
sleep and food deprivation
forced feeding
physical restraint e.g. pinning against the wall or bed.

The types of physical abuse

Physical abuse. sexual child abuse (Rape, molestation, child pornog-
raphy production and possession) neglect (Physical neglect, educational neglect, and.
emotional neglect) Emotional abuse (Aka: Verbal, Mental, or Psychology-

Physical Effects of Physical Abuse.
The short-term effects of physical abuse are typically obvious and treatable by an emergency room physician or other healthcare providers. They can range from cuts, bruises, broken bones, and other physical maladies. There are long-term physical abuse effects from these injuries as well, however.

Unfortunately, many of the injuries sustained from physical abuse affect the victim as they grow older. The long-term effects of physical abuse include:

Hypertension (high blood pressure)
Heart disease
Sexually transmitted diseases (in the cases where sexual abuse was part of the physical abuse)
Chronic pain syndromes.

Physical abuse and mental health

When people experienced three or more types of abuse (sexual, physical, verbal, neglect), 53 percent suffered from major depression at some point in their lives. Forty percent had post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

How to deal with physical abuse.

1 : Get away from the abuser.
If you are in immediate danger, start by getting away from the abuser. This may mean getting out of your home and going to a safe place with your cellphone, such as a nearby cafe or a friend’s house. You may need to get out of your workplace or your school if your abuser if there. Find a safe place to go so you can.
2 : Call a helpline. There are many helplines set up to help those dealing with physical abuse and domestic violence. These helplines are staffed with experienced individuals who will keep your call confidential. They can point you in the direction of a shelter you can go to to get away from the abuser and other services you can access for help
3 :Ask family or friends for help. You might find it difficult to contact a helpline or to call the police, especially if you are afraid of your abuser. If contacting the police seems like too big a step, start by asking family and friends for help. Reach out to a family member you trust or a friend that you are comfortable talking to. Explain to them that you are dealing with physical abuse and need help.

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