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  • There are many types of abuse, all of which can be very distressing to experience and can have a long-lasting impact on your mental wellbeing.
  • Abuse can lead to other mental health conditions including depression and PTSD.
  • If you’ve experienced abuse, or still are, you’re not alone. If you’re struggling you can talk to CALM using our free, confidential and anonymous helpline and webchat.

There are many types of abuse, but widely speaking when we talk about abuse we mean a person or people hurting you in a sexual, physical or psychological way. 

Some types of abuse are difficult to recognise. You might not even notice that what you’re experiencing is abuse at first. You can experience more than one type of abuse at the same time.

All types of abuse can be extremely distressing. If you’re currently being abused, or are struggling with thoughts and feelings relating to abuse you’ve experienced in the past, you can speak to CALM in confidence. CALM’s trained helpline staff are available from 5pm to midnight everyday. They can offer a listening ear, as well help on ways for you to move forward with whatever you’re going through.

Why do people experience abuse?

No one deserves to be abused, and if you are experiencing abuse there are lots of organisations and places to go for support – these range from emergency services and authorities, to charity organisations set up to provide help, support and guidance. 

Often people that abuse others have their own problems, but that never makes it ok. If you are worried about your own behaviour you can find more information here.

Where can I find help?


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