According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, about 20 people in the United States are abused by an intimate partner every minute. According to Childhelp, a case of child abuse is reported in the United States every ten seconds.
The most obvious effects of physical abuse are cuts, bruises, broken bones, and other injuries that can be treated in an emergency room. However, the injuries you sustain from physical abuse can also affect you in the long-term as you grow older. Some of the long-term physical effects of physical abuse include:
However, much of the damage done to a victim of physical abuse involves their psychology and emotions. Depression is the most common response to physical abuse, along with drug and alcohol abuse. Other common mental illnesses that can result from physical abuse include:
Physical abuse can affect children differently, even if they were not the direct victims of violence. This can include:
Treating your emotional injuries can seem difficult, but over time, they can heal much like your physical injuries. Everyone’s recovery process is different, but this is especially true for kids. Therapy for children who have been victims of abuse focuses on teaching them coping skills for managing their anger and anxiety in healthy, productive ways. Play therapy can provide a safe forum for children to work through emotions.
Recovering from adult abuse follows many of the same guidelines while centering on treating conditions that may have been caused by that abuse, including depression, anxiety, and post traumatic stress disorder. Group therapy can be particularly helpful as it provides a large pool of support for survivors to pull from.
At HARP, we provide inpatient care to treat a variety of issues related to drug abuse and addiction. If you have questions or would like to get help today, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (877) 806-5022.