Psychological or emotional abuse

Psychological or emotional abuse is when someone uses words and actions (short of physical violence) to frighten, hurt, or control somebody.  An abuser might do any of the following:

  • They make you feel like the things you do are not good enough.
  • They criticise your actions, when alone with them or in front of other people.
  • They put you down and/or call you insulting or rude names.
  • They make you feel unsure about whether you can look after yourself, children, or other dependents.
  • They question your judgement and ability to make decisions.
  • They tell you that you are “too sensitive” or “cannot take a joke”.
  • They tell you what you can and cannot wear.
  • They embarrass or humiliate you in front of other people.
  • They bring up things you want to keep private.
  • They threaten or manipulate you.
  • They blame you for their actions.
  • They often comment on, criticise, or ask you to change the way you look. 


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