How to know if you are a victim of abuse
Any form of abuse, whether physical, emotional, mental or of any type, is serious. See these signs to stand up for yourself and take immediate steps to stay safe.
With the recent very shocking rise in incidents of abuse and resulting deaths coming in from across the country, it is time we take note of what is going on in our homes and in our relationships.
In our busy lives, we often choose to ignore signs that could be spelling trouble, whether for ourselves, or for someone close to us. Did you know that anyone could be going through abuse – your neighbour, parent, sibling, helper, employer, employee, and yes, YOU too!
Often, by the time it is clear that it is a case of abuse, it is often too late. We at IndusParent have been very concerned about the horrible crimes happening in the form of abuse that are taking away so many lives tragically. The first step to stop abuse is to identify the signs.
Please take some time to check the signs and symptoms below and see if you or someone you know of is at risk.
5 signs you may be the victim of abuse
1. Feeling detached
This is a very common survival mechanism and most victims of abuse try to minimize the trauma of abuse by detaching and disassociating themselves from the problem. Common signs include not talking about the situation or incident, forgetting about particular instances and refusing to talk about it.
2. Becoming agitated
Often, when trying to think about the abusive situation, you may feel agitated and start thinking about something else. If someone tries to talk about it, it can cause further anger and in severe cases, you may turn aggressive, trying to divert the topic. You will gradually start talking less and avoid getting into conversations.
3. Stop meeting people
Another classic symptom that you are suffering from abuse in a very close relationship is when you feel you have to stop meeting others, so that it does not create further situations that could lead to more abuse. Also, the fact that you may have to discuss about your relationship and troubles, or try to pretend everything is fine, can take a toll, and it feels easier to stop meeting others instead.
4. Poor health
Whether or not the signs of abuse can be seen on your face or skin, they will surely start impacting your health. Fear, stress and anxiety, that you experience as a result of abuse, will start affecting your health, and you may start feeling sick often, more than you otherwise did. Some of the most common symptoms could be sleep difficulties (always feeling sleepy or not able to fall asleep), gaining or losing a lot of weight (without any reason), eating difficulties (eating too much without feeling hungry or not being able to eat).
5. Difficult to trust others
Irrespective of who you meet, you start developing a lack of trust for people. You feel that just as your abuser, others can also harm you in ways that you will not be able to handle. In severe cases, this could turn into paranoia, where you feel every other person is out there to harm you.
Any form of abuse, whether physical, emotional, mental or of any type, is serious. It is important to stand up for your own health and take immediate steps that can keep you safe.
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