Identifying abuse can be difficult for any First Responder. Remember, abuse is always a choice. It may be a mistake, but it is never an accident, and it is never the victim’s fault. Between 2 and 10 percent of victims lie about abuse, whereas the majority of abusers lie about their actions.
We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the materials on this website in order to gain knowledge and insight into abusive patterns and the trauma it causes. Abuse comes in many forms but all abusive relationships include Covert Emotional Abuse. Our glossary of definitions will help you identify the hidden abusive patterns that play out in every abusive relationship. It’s important to note that when interfacing with victims and abusers, the most important goal is to “Do No Further Harm”. For more information on healing ways to respond, continue reading.