Adult abused as a child

Equipping women to move forward from the effects of being an adult abused as a child

Being an adult that was abused as a child can have effects that can last for a lifetime. Child abuse is either psychological and physical abuse. Abuse also includes neglect as a child. A child witnessing domestic abuse is also defined as child abuse. Often, the child is inflicted with both types of abuse.

Any type of abuse during childhood can cause ongoing problems into adulthood if not dealt with and resolved. The UK government's own statistics prove this point. They found that more than half (51%) of adults who were abused as children went on to experience domestic abuse in later life. A higher proportion of adults who experienced child abuse went on to experience domestic abuse in adulthood, compared with those who suffered no childhood abuse. See this link for some more details on this survey.

Scarily, the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) for the year ending March 2016, showed that around one in five adults aged 16 to 59 (an estimated 6.2 million people) had experienced some form of abuse as a child.

Sometimes, we don't always realise what the effects of abuse in our childhood have had on us as an adult. It can shape you for better or for worse, it can weaken you or strengthen your resolve.

You will see other terms for the abuse you received as a child. It is also known as non-recent child abuse or historical abuse. Child abuse can also trigger PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder) and we have a page specific for that, which you can visit here.

However you feel, the abuse that happened to you was wrong. It was a violation. It should never have happened. You may have started to deal with how its made you feel and behave and are looking for some extra support or you may be wanting to start healing. Wherever you are on your journey, there are people who want to give you support and help you heal from the abuse you received as a child.

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