An indirect disclosure of abuse occurs when someone discloses abuse indirectly, typically through behavior or comments. This can be a difficult concept to understand, as people often think that abuse must be disclosed verbally in order to count as disclosure. However, indirect disclosure of abuse can be just as impactful and important as direct disclosure.
There are many reasons why someone might choose to disclose abuse indirectly. Sometimes, the victim may not feel safe disclosing directly to authorities or loved ones. In other cases, the victim may not be able to articulate what happened in a direct manner. Indirect disclosure can also be a way to test the waters, to see if others will believe and support the victim.
This could be done by hinting at abuse, telling a story that is not explicitly about abuse but could be interpreted as such, or by talking about abuse in general terms without revealing any personal details. Indirect disclosures of abuse can be difficult to interpret, but they can be just as serious as direct disclosures.
No matter the reason, it is important to remember that indirect disclosure of abuse is still disclosure. If you are a victim of abuse, or if you know someone who may be a victim, it is important to get help. There are many resources available to victims of abuse, and disclosing abuse is the first step in getting help and support.