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Abuse Therapy

SEXUAL, EMOTIONAL, AND PHYSICAL ABUSE

Abuse is the mistreatment of someone that results in harm. There are different types of abuse. Domestic abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and sexual abuse are but a few.

WHAT IS DOMESTIC ABUSE?

Domestic abuse is when one person mistreats another who’s in their household or family or has a dating/marriage relationship with them. Domestic abuse can involve children as well. Mistreatment (abuse) comes in different forms. It could be bodily injury or the threat of injury (physical abuse), words or actions that damage someone’s sense of well-being and independence (emotional abuse), or forced sexual contact with a person without their consent (sexual abuse). It can also come in the form of economic or psychological abuse. This includes any behaviours that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure, or wound someone.

PHYSICAL ABUSE

IS PHYSICAL ABUSE ALSO CALLED DOMESTIC ABUSE?

The terms are often used interchangeably, but physical abuse is one form of domestic violence. A force that hurts someone in our household, family or relationship.

Here’s what is considered to be physical abuse:

  • Pushing or shoving
  • Grabbing to restrict movement (stopping a partner from leaving, for example)
  • Slapping
  • Kicking
  • Biting
  • Hitting with a fist or object
  • Beating up
  • Using a knife or gun

There’s a progression of violence from the top to the bottom of the above list, but any ” yes ” answer to any one of these can be considered physical abuse. Threatening one or more of them, even if they are not carried out, is regarded as domestic abuse.

PSYCHOLOGICAL ABUSE

Psychological abuse can take many forms and can have a detrimental impact on individuals, relationships and families. At Clinical Consultation & Counselling in Oshawa, Ontario, we offer Psychological Abuse Therapy to provide those affected with the opportunity to build awareness, process experiences, discuss protective safety strategies, gain support from our team of Registered Social Workers and Psychotherapists, and develop healthy life practices for their growth journey. Our Psychological Abuse Therapy provides an understanding of the causes and effects of psychological abuse without judgment or invalidation. We provide compassionate therapeutic care for your individualized needs. Together we will work to help you recover from the trauma caused by Psychological Abuse and learn healthier ways of responding to difficult situations in life.

EMOTIONAL ABUSE

WHAT IS EMOTIONAL ABUSE?

According to the Department of Justice of Canada, “emotional abuse happens when a person uses words or actions to control, frighten, or isolate someone or take away their self-respect.”

Abuse can occur even if no one is touched.

There are dozens of examples of emotional abuse. Here are just a few:

  • Controlling your partner’s time, space, money or thoughts
  • Controlling your partner’s choices, such as what they wear
  • Monitoring where your partner goes
  • Monitoring what your partner spends money on
  • Isolating your partner by not letting them see or talk to others
  • Making all of the decisions without your partner’s input or consideration of their needs
  • Accusing your partner of flirting, having an affair, or being unfaithful when there is little or no evidence they have done so
  • Getting angry or resentful when your partner is successful in a job or hobby
  • Intimidating your partner by making them afraid, including breaking things, punching walls, slamming doors, or throwing objects

There are others, as I mentioned earlier, like ‘Gaslighting’ (saying things that are designed to make your partner feel “crazy” or “stupid.”). Another is punishing your partner by refusing to talk to them or by withholding affection.

SEXUAL ABUSE

WHAT IS SEXUAL ABUSE?

According to the Department of Justice of Canada webpage, sexual abuse of an adult can include:

  • Sexual touching or sexual activity without consent
  • Continued sexual contact when asked to stop
  • Forcing someone to commit unsafe or humiliating sexual acts

All sexual contact with anyone without consent is a crime. This includes sexual touching or forcing sexual activity on a spouse, a common-law partner or a dating partner. Even when married, a spouse cannot be forced to have sexual contact.

There are also special laws to protect children from sexual abuse and from sexual activities that exploit them. The Department of Justice of Canada describes sexual abuse and exploitation as “involving using a child for sexual purposes.”

We Can Help…

We have professionally trained therapists to help you or your child through abuse-related issues.

Clinical Consultation & Counselling provides a path for you to experience being treated individually and have your story about abuse listened to. Abuse is also traumatic and often deeply impacts our thoughts, emotions, and behaviours about ourselves and others.

We know how to understand client needs and can answer questions you may have about abuse.