Find help immediately if you are a victim of abuse; be it sexual, physical, psychological, emotional, mental, or economic. Don’t ever give up when you can’t get through to a helpline or when your confidante is not available instantly. Be strong and try other ways to seek assistance.
Remote And Rural Communities
If the place has no service for older folks, then, look for people who are interested in assisting.
Local Seniors’ Organizations
Do some research about seniors’ organizations in your community and locate them for help.
Provincial Telephone Numbers And Information Lines
You have to know these contact numbers. Either you search them through the internet or the government phone pages.
Family Violence Helplines
Places have Family Violence Helplines where you can seek help concerning all types of abuse. The person on the other end is well trained and can direct you on what to do.
Local Legal Services Telephone Lines
Know where and whom you can seek legal advice. Visit your local yellow pages listing and do some searches.
Domestic Shelters Programs
These shelters are usually located in several communities can have temporary housing if you need help to get away from your spouse. Women and kids use these shelters; however, the older women sought support at the shelter too. Learn more about it here: www.familyeducation.com.
Services For The Victims
There are organizations for abuse victims that works closely with the authorities and give details about the justice system, emotional support, practical help and recommendations to other programs.
Providers Of Healthcare
Find details about healthcare services that can be availed by abuse victims in your local health center.
Programs For Mental Health
For those experiencing mental health problems due to the abuse, they can approach authorities on mental health regarding the issue. “A licensed professional may also be able to prescribe medication that can help with depression or other mental health problems,” explains Patricia Pape, PsyD, a psychologist based in New York City.
Call for police assistance once in danger.
Plan For Your Safety
Plan out safety precautions to execute once the abuse starts again. This is a must if you are living with the abuser.
“Unless the physical abuse does permanent visible damage, such as scarring, maiming, or disfigurement, it generally does less psychological damage than emotional abuse. Physical abuse tends to be occasional and cyclical; emotional abuse is daily,” highlights Steven Stosny, PhD. Stosny is a therapist and the author of the book “Love Without Hurt.” He emphasizes the importance of acknowledging all types of abuse, regardless if they leave a physical mark or not. “Emotional abuse is making loved ones feel afraid or bad about themselves. It is typically a gradual erosion of the victim’s sense of self.”
When you finally decided to leave him or her, you must have a plan of action.
Get Help From An Expert
Seek help from proper authorities. There are individuals in your community that is specially trained for this kind of dilemma. You can consult them for your safe way out.
How To Avoid Abuse
“Physical abuse affects people. Sexual abuse affects people. Emotional abuse affects people,” explains Sharie Stines, MBA, PsyD, a recovery expert specializing in personality disorders, complex trauma, and helping people overcome dysfunctional relationships. She adds, “Emotional abuse is interpersonal abuse. Some call it interpersonal violence, which I feel is appropriate.” Anyone can experience abuse, but being involved and active physically helps you stay healthy.
- Be informed of your rights.
- Be in active contact with the people who can quickly help you.
- If you are alone, be in regular contact with someone else so that they would be aware of your status.
- Reach out to others.
- Get into some activities to find comfort and strength.
- Be physically active.
- Get assistance from friends in your community.
- Build your financial security.
- If you leave, never turn back.
You can find more ways to avoid abuse at www.parents.com.
There are many ways to seek help when you or a loved one is being abused. Don’t let anybody put you down, make you feel bad, punch or slap you, threaten you, force you, or belittle you, most especially your spouse. You are a human being, and you have rights. If violated, the person or persons who trampled on your rights will answer to the law.