Abuse occurs in all types of relationships and among people with varying backgrounds of age, race, religion, financial status, sexual orientation and education. Those who choose to abuse others offer a number of reasons for their behaviors; however, there is no acceptable reason or excuse to justify abusive behavior of any type.
Abuse of all types (physical abuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence, stalking, elder abuse, etc.) often takes place in secrecy. Fear of increased harm, shame and humiliation often prevents individuals from reporting the abuse. Families also may maintain this privacy to protect abusers from consequences. Those who sexually abuse children use various tactics to groom, shame, manipulate, confuse and threaten their victims causing them to remain silent. Until the abuse is reported, the abuser often does not get help for their behavior.
Click below to learn more about recognizing the signs of abuse:
Respond and Refer
Remember, if you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 911.
If you suspect someone is being abused you should report it to the appropriate authorities, and seek help. For more information on responding to abuse, click below:
How to help a friend or family member who is abusive:
- First, get help for the victims involved
- Say something to the person who is abusive
- Draw attention to the abusive behavior
- Consider talking to the abusive person about treatment programs or other solutions
There are intervention and treatment programs available to abusers.
See below for domestic violence intervention programs:
- Africentric Personal Development Shop
- Crossroads Recovery Services
- Southeast, Inc.
See below for sex offender treatment programs:
- Big Lots Behavioral Health Services at Nationwide Children's Hospital
Multi-Systemic Therapy Problem Sexual Behavior program for adolescents
- National Youth Advocate Program (for adolescents)
- Southeast, Inc.