Abuse is the violation of a person's human and civil rights. It can be a single act or a series of repeated acts. It can take many forms ranging from disrespectful acts, verbal insults or actual physical harm. All forms can cause both physical and emotional trauma to individuals.


The Different Types

Physical: This includes hitting, kicking, punching, biting, poisoning, drowning, suffocating, burning or any other way of inflicting pain, torture or injury on someone else.

Emotional: This can include constant humiliation undermining a person’s self-esteem and confidence. There is a certain amount of emotional abuse within ALL forms.

Neglect: Neglect takes place when a person’s basic rights to food, warmth, safety and respect are not met.

Sexual: Can include unwanted kissing, touching the genital area, vaginal, anal or oral sex and rape. This can also include being forced to watch sexual acts or DVDs/films and look at pornographic material.

Men as well as women can suffer from sexual abuse, assault or rape.