Identifying Different Types Of Abuse.

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Different Types of Abuse….

Emotional Abuse  

Emotional abuse is elusive. Unlike physical abuse, the people doing it and receiving it may not even know that it is happening. It can be more harmful than physical abuse because it can undermine what we think about ourselves and question if we are good enough. Emotional abuse can happen between parent and child, husband and wife, among relatives and between friends, it can affect anyone at any time. The abuser projects their words, attitudes or actions onto an unsuspecting victim usually because they themselves have not dealt with childhood wounds that are now causing them to harm others. One example of emotional abuse is humiliation. If someone is making you feel small and embarrassed of yourself or something that you have. Even though it could seem minor to the abuser, after time all the humiliation could lead to depression which is emotional abuse.

Physical Abuse

Physical abuse is classed as the hitting, shaking, choking, biting or other physical attack on a child. It can lead to bruising, cuts, scratches burns, fractures and internal injuries. As well as these more immediate injuries, there can also be longer term ones too. Physical abuse can, in the most severe cases, end up in disability, medical problems and long term pain. The longer the abuse lasts, the more likely longer term issues will arise. The age also influences how much damage is done to the child. The younger the child, the more damage can be done. For example, the so-called “shaken baby syndrome” is a form of abuse that can lead to brain damage, paralysis and blindness. Another example of physical abuse could be moving an elderly person inappropriately and rough you could cause bruising and broken bones because they are extremely frail.

Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse could be rape or sexual assault; sexual acts to which the vulnerable adult has not or could not have consented, or to which they were pressurized into consenting it could be indecent pictures of people kept without the other person wanting them to be kept or even taken. An example of sexual abuse for females could be a woman and a male boss at work and he is constantly slapping her bottom, touching her breast, flirting that she is not comfortable with, being told dirty things even though it may be innocent banter for the boss if she is uncomfortable with these things then it is still classed as sexual abuse, and this is the same for males too! Male sexual abuse could involve crotch grabbing, sexual slapping, being told dirty things, unwanted flirting, and rape.

Institutional Abuse

Repeated instances of poor or inappropriate care or support may be an indication of more serious problems and this is referred to as 'institutional abuse'. Institutional abuse occurs when the systems, processes and / or management of these is failing to safeguard a number of adults leaving them at risk of, or causing them, harm. Institutional abuse can also occur when the routines, systems and norms of an organisation override the needs of those it is there to support, or fail to provide those individuals with an appropriate quality of care. This can be the product of both ineffective and punitive management styles, creating an environment within which abuse can take place, intentional or otherwise. A scenario which institutional abuse could take place is in a care home. If the clients in that care home were told to go to bed at a certain time and they didn’t want to, they wanted to watch TV for a little longer, however they were told “No” for the reason that it would be better suited for the staff that the clients in that care home went to bed at the same time, this would be institutional abuse. This applies with lots of things, another example would be saying to a client that their dinner time is at 12 o’clock every day, well some clients may want to eat at 1’oclock because they weren’t hungry until that time, but the staff find it easier for them to cook all the meals at that time therefore they must eat at that time.

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Financial Abuse

Financial abuse is a form of mistreatment and fraud in which someone forcibly controls another person's money or other assets. It can involve, for instance, stealing cash, not allowing a victim to take part in any financial decisions or preventing a victim from having a job. The issue tends to occur most often in domestic relationships, such as between a husband and wife or an elderly parent and an adult child. People don't always recognize the problem, because an abuser purposely might select an isolated, vulnerable victim who is unlikely to realize what's ...

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