Abuse can come in many different shapes and sizes.  While physical violence is often the first image that comes to mind, the reality is far more complex.  This article explores the different forms of abuse, the hidden signs, and the profound impact they can have on the victims. 

Beyond the Bruises: Recognizing Different Forms of Abuse 

  • Physical Abuse: This involves inflicting pain or injury, or the threat of such. Hitting, kicking, pushing, and shoving are all examples. (Source: Love is Respect: https://www.loveisrespect.org/resources/types-of-abuse/)
  • Emotional Abuse: This is the use of words or behavior to control, manipulate, or isolate a person. Examples include name-calling, humiliation, threats, and intimidation. (Source: National Domestic Violence Hotline: [invalid URL removed])
  • Sexual Abuse: This is any unwanted sexual contact or behavior. This can include forced intercourse, groping, or pressuring someone into sexual activity. (Source: Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN): RAINN | The nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization)

Financial Abuse: A Hidden Weapon

Financial abuse involves controlling a person’s access to money or credit.  This can include taking money without permission, sabotaging someone’s credit score, or preventing them from working.  Financial abuse can have a devastating impact on a victim’s sense of security and independence. (Source: National Network to End Domestic Violence: https://nnedv.org/)

 Digital Abuse: The Tech-Fueled Threat

With the rise of technology, a new form of abuse has emerged: digital abuse. This can involve monitoring someone’s online activity, stalking them through social media, or sending threatening or harassing messages.  Digital abuse can be particularly isolating as it can invade a person’s sense of privacy and safety even in their own home. (Source: Cyberbullying Research Center: https://cyberbullying.org/)

The Ripple Effect: How Abuse Impacts Victims

The effects of abuse can be far-reaching and long-lasting.  Victims may experience a range of physical, emotional, and psychological problems, including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Low self-esteem
  • Substance abuse
  • Suicidal thoughts or attempts

(Source: National Center for PTSD: PTSD: National Center for PTSD Home (va.gov))

“The scars of emotional abuse can be just as deep as physical scars and can have a profound impact on a person’s mental health and well-being.” –  Dr. Patricia Evans, a psychologist specializing in trauma.

Breaking the Silence: Help and Resources for Survivors

If you are experiencing abuse, you are not alone. There are many resources available to help you. Here are a few hotlines you can contact for confidential support:

  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1.800.799.7233
  • Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN): 1.800.656.HOPE You can also get help online at RAINN’s website: https://www.rainn.org
  • The National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline: 1.800.788.3838

Remember, abuse is never your fault. You deserve to live a safe and healthy life.

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and freedom from darkness for the prisoners.” – Isaiah 61:1

How Radiate Coalition Can Help

Our Programs – Whole-Person Aftercare & Restoration, Therapeutic Aftercare & Transition Programs (radiatecoalition.org)

At Radiate Coalition, we understand the deep wounds abuse can inflict. We offer a safe haven for survivors, walking alongside them on their journey to healing.  Through the love of Christ and a biblically-based approach, we provide support in several ways:

  • Supportive Community: Radiate Coalition fosters a community of faith-based support where survivors can connect with others who understand their struggles. Sharing experiences and finding encouragement in a safe space can be a powerful step towards healing.
  • Spiritual Guidance: Our trauma-informed counselors integrate biblical principles into their approach, helping survivors find solace and strength in their faith. Exploring forgiveness, self-worth, and the unfailing love of God can be a cornerstone of emotional and spiritual healing.
  • Practical Resources: We offer practical resources to empower survivors. We understand that the road to healing is multifaceted, and we strive to address the necessary practical needs that can arise from abuse.

Finding Hope and Wholeness

The journey to healing from abuse is a marathon, not a sprint. At Radiate Coalition, we believe that with faith, support, and practical resources, survivors can find hope and wholeness.  With our trauma-informed and devoted staff, as the hands and feet of Jesus, we are committed to healing those who have been abused, trafficked, exploited, abandoned, or oppressed through our comprehensive whole-person aftercare programs designed to address each girl’s specific, individual needs. 

If you are interested in learning more about our programs or getting connected, please contact us at info@radiatecoalition.org.  

Reach out today – YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

Radiate Coalition


17460 I-35 N Suite 430 Office 

#106, Schertz, TX 78154

PHONE: (281) 803-9748

EMAIL: info@radiatecoalition.org