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Abuse Counselling

Abuse counselling offers victims the chance to talk face-to-face, in a safe non-judgemental environment. Therapeutic approaches such as Client-centred therapy may be suitable for people who have suffered abuse. Client centred practitioners aim to help the client come to terms with their emotional issues and realise their ability to take control of their lives. Strong emphasis is placed on personal empowerment.

Definition of Abuse - Abuse is a general term used to describe the maltreatment of an individual by another person. The three main forms of abuse are sexual, physical and emotional. It can effect anyone, male or female, old or young.

Physical abuse usually involves one person causing an injury to another through slapping, hitting, kicking or by the use of an object/weapon. Emotional abuse is another widespread but seldom-reported type of abuse. It includes behaviour such as verbal criticism, disapproval or intimidation intended to diminish an individual's feelings of self-confidence and self-worth.

Whatever the form of abuse that takes place, the effects can be far reaching and may cause feelings of confusion, depression and aggression. Below you'll find a list of abuse counselling services and organisations that provide support for past and current victims.

Abuse help-lines

Child Line - 0800 1111
Founded in 1986, Child Line's 24-hr helpline provides support for children and young people suffering from problems such as abuse, family tensions or bullying. Their telephones are manned by volunteers and trained professionals and are open seven days a week.

Elder Abuse helpline - 0808 808 8141
Their free helpline is available for old people suffering from abuse, and those concerned about the possible abuse of elderly people. The service is confidential and covers the UK and Ireland.

National Domestic Helpline - 0808 200 0247
Operated in partnership with Refuge and Women's aid, this is a free, 24hr telephone line that provides confidential support and advice to victims of domestic abuse and violence.

Additional abuse counselling resources

Child Line
In addition to their 24hr helpline, the Child Line website supplies information regarding the protection of children's welfare in the form of booklets and handouts. They also have a section for schools that covers issues such as bullying and peer support.

This organisation provides safe house for women and children suffering from abuse. Their refuges are manned by trained staff who provide emotional and practical support to a victims.

Women's Aid
A national charity that works to eliminate abuse and violence against women. They provide support to over 500 anti-violence services across the UK.

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