Research shows that there are three (3) stages or cycles of abuse: (i) Teen Violence/Abuse linked to family, relationship or peer cruelty; (ii) the middle-aged population faced with spousal or perhaps work-related aggression, and finally (iii) the elderly, a highly vulnerable population largely dependent upon care from others. Let’s break it down by age groups and see exactly where we can break the cycle.
1. Teens, in adolescent years often experience problems at home, particularly in environments where problems may exist at home often resulting in parental neglect, emotional, verbal or physical abuse. A hostile and unstable environment contributes to teen delinquency, truancy, or caving into peer pressure that could lead to unlawful behavior and or a repeated cycle of abuse, particularly since teens require a supportive and stable environment during the critical years of developing into productive young adults. Emotional, physical, and/or sexual abuses by family members or even peers are the grave realties facing “healthy” teen development.
When violated, teens often turn to use of illegal drugs, drinking and some sadly turn to suicide as the final ultimatum to end the pain. Those who succumb are those who have often suffered extensive abuse beginning at early ages which statistically reflects a higher percentage of teens “taking matters into their own hands,” and the numbers are staggering.
2. Middle Age: In our middle years we endure similar types of abuse, Verbal, Emotional, Physical and Sexual. But in this time frame there are new cycles of abuse, spousal abuse, workplace harassment or employment discrimination. This has a drastic economic impact on this population and affects how they live, with whom they are allowed to associate – family ties, balancing work and parenting, and a host of other issues contributing to abuse.
3. Finally the elderly, sadly are confronted with the same cycle of emotional, verbal, sexual, and sometimes, even physical abuse. This is often a “reflective period” where the elderly often face neglect, abandonment, financial and material exploitation.
“Reenie’s Piece of Mind” strives to present the facts related to “cycles of abuse” as well
as place a close lens on these three distinct age groups by providing critical information,
resources and other materials to circumvent the growing rate of occurrence. It’s important to know what type of abuse you are enduring so as to seek the proper help, and ultimately turn your life at that point, into a healthy and happy alternative. We believe knowledge is “healing,” and thus, it is important to make distinctions about the cycle of abuse as it relates to these three disparate populations so as to correlate the appropriate resources to help individuals to not only learn the signs but also seek the appropriate help and resources. Our wish is to give you that knowledge, and tools to start your journey for a better life.