Psychological or emotional abuse

Psychological or emotional abuse is abusive behaviour that isn't physical, but rather involves manipulating someone's emotions. This is done in a way that diminishes a person's sense of dignity or self worth. 

This can include:

  • threats of harm or abandonment
  • deprivation of contact
  • humiliation and blaming 
  • control and coercion
  • intimidation
  • harassment
  • verbal abuse
  • cyberbullying
  • isolation or unreasonable and unjustified withdrawal of services or supportive networks

Warning signs may include:

  • withdrawal or change in the psychological state of the person
  • insomnia or sleep disturbances
  • low self-esteem
  • uncooperative and aggressive behaviour
  • change in appetite or weight loss/gain
  • quick to cry or anger