About Childhood Abuse - all types
                           Links to specific types of childhood abuse

Physical               Sexual              Emotional               Neglect

There are several factors that can influence the impact of abuse on children:

- the age of the child at the time of the abuse - the younger the child the more vulnerable
they are to damage.

- the length of time the abuse is going on - increases the impact on the child.

- the severity of the abuse - increases possibility of physical damage to the child as well as
the impact on the child.

- the relationship of the child to the abuser - the closer the relationship the greater the
trauma to the child.

- the level of threats to the child - increases anxiety and fear in the child, increasing their
willingness to remain silent.

- the emotional status of the child's family at the time of the abuse - is the family supportive
of the child, is there a generational pattern of abuse in the family, are there healthy or
unhealthy parenting skills or child-rearing skills.

- the mental and emotional health of the child before the abuse began - the healthier the
child's mental and emotional health makes it easier to resist the damaging effects of the

- how much guilt the child feels - greater guilt levels are associated with greater impact

- the gender of the victim - male victims seem to have more long-range problems and
greater mental issues than female victims.

- how the parents respond to the child when they learn about the abuse - a parent's positive
support is vital to a child's recovery, non-supportive parents increase the trauma of the
Other Links
Attachment and Autonomy
Circle of security
Developmental stages
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
Self Help books for healing from abuse
Wants and Needs in Abuse Survivors
Why Forgive
A general statement about abuse: Those who hold the least power
and resources in society are most often those who are abused (women,
children, disabled, elderly). Bear in mind that anyone can be abused, this
includes men and women, rich or poor, educated or illiterate, employed or
unemployed - abuse is no respecter of persons or boundaries, and can
occur at any time during a person’s life.
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website, will bear any responsibility for anyone taking the information
contained herein and misusing it or attempting to claim it is professional
advice. It is simply information, how it is used is the responsibility of the
National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-784-2433

National Adolescent Suicide Hotline:

National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-422-4453

National Runaway switchboard: 1-800-621-4000

Girls and Boys Town crisis line: 1-800-448-3000

National Center for Victims of Crime:
TTY: 1-800-211-7996