Help and Support for Sexual Abuse or Domestic Violence - Hypnotherapy in London & Dorset

Have you been the victim of sexual, physical, mental or emotional abuse?

You may be the victim of sexual abuse.

You may be the victim of domestic violence.

Abuse takes many forms and usually involves at least one person intending to gain power over another by harmful, hurtful or violent means. I have specific experience of working with those who have been sexually abused, and those who have been in abusive relationships - therefore I know how challenging it can be for a person to take steps to seek help.

Sexual abuse

is any sexual encounter or activity that occurs without your consent. This can involve touching, forced sexual activity, exposure, painful or degrading sexual activity, sexual exploitation (for example through photographs), and rape. Violence, force or threats may be used by the abuser. If you have been sexually abused, you may know your abuser well as he or she could be a family member or close friend. You may not have told any one about your experience, because you might have been threatened, feel a deep sense of shame, or indeed love the person who abused you and do not want to get them into trouble. If you were a child when the abuse started, you may have been carefully groomed by your abuser so that you would like them and feel comfortable with them. For example they may have bought you presents, and made you feel special. You may have been photographed and are now aware that images of you are being used for the sexual gratification of others (for example over the internet), without your consent. This is also a form of sexual abuse.

Domestic violence

takes place within an intimate or family-type relationship, where the abuser uses this to gain power and control over another individual. Men, women and children can be victims of the abuse, which can take many forms, and can go on for years.

Emotional or mental abuse

is often quite subtle, and you may not realise that you are actually being abused, particularly if it has gone on for a long time. You may just have got used to it. You might experience: shouting and yelling, accusations, criticism, mocking or humiliation (often in front of other people), lies, or threats. Your activities may be monitored and controlled in all sorts of ways, for example: where you go, who you see, who you speak to on the telephone, what you spend money on. You may feel very isolated and alone, and this could be the intention of your abuser.

Physical violence can involve slapping, biting, punching, kicking, choking, pushing, beating, burning, throwing things, using weapons, physical restraint, and any kind of violent, aggressive and threatening behaviour.

Domestic violence can also include sexual abuse.

Signs of Sexual & Domestic Abuse

If you have been the victim of sexual abuse, you have been violated. You could experience any of the symptoms below (and this list is by no means exhaustive):

If you have been the victim of domestic violence, you could experience any of the symptoms above as well as experiencing chronic stress and fatigue, and possibly physical injuries.

Causes of Abuse

Domestic violence usually occurs because the abuser feels inadequate and has terrifically low self esteem. He or she may have been abused themselves when they were young or have grown up in an environment where abusive behaviour was considered ‘normal’. Drug and/or alcohol abuse may be a precursor to committing the abuse. The reasons why someone commits sexual abuse are similar; however this is often accompanied by the fact that the abuser has a very distorted and warped idea about sex, and what is or is not acceptable or appropriate.

Understand that it is NEVER your fault that you have been abused, even though your abuser might lead you to think that it is.

Help & Support for Sexual and Domestic Abuse in London or Dorset

If you have been the victim of sexual, physical, mental or emotional abuse, and if you wish to address the effect that this has had on your life, then hypnotherapy can help you to do that in a safe and gentle way.

If you would like help from me in a safe, non-judgemental and supportive environment, call me on 07846 208 378, and I will explain about hypnotherapy in more detail and answer your questions.