Just what is the definition of emotional abuse?
Psychological abuse also referred to as emotional abuse or mental abuse, is a form of abuse characterized by a person subjecting or exposing another to behaviour that may result in psychological trauma, including anxiety, chronic depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder.
My controlling husband brainwashed me into thinking his way. Years of screaming, insulting and humiliating me stripped away at me self-worth and confidence.
He would belittle me, often in front of the children and others.
I had no self-value. I was useless and worthless as he reminded me daily.
Emotional abuse is the second most common reason for a child to be put on the child protection register or made subject to a child protection plan – NSPCC
Emotional Abuse Signs and Symptoms
Emotional abuse symptoms vary but can invade any part of a person’s life.
Signs of emotional abuse include;
- Yelling or swearing, also bullying
- Threats and intimidation
- Ignoring or excluding
- Denial of the abuse and blaming of the victim
The definition of emotional abuse:
If someone makes you feel worthless, if they humiliate you, call you names, bully you, ignore you, threaten you and then try to say it’s your own fault, they are psychologically abusing you.
Nobody goes looking for an abusive relationship and once it starts it can be difficult to stop. By the time many victims realise that it is indeed abuse, they are too far involved in the relationship.
Abused women have lost their confidence and began to accept that this is natural, their life.
Abuse is never OK and you have a right to be treated as an equal, away from fear and humiliation.
Sometimes verbal abuse is so bad that you actually start believing what your partner says.
Emotional abuse is never your fault. Your partner may just be trying to control or manipulate you into staying in the relationship. Talk to someone you trust, please speak out.
Emotional abuse cuts to the very core of a person, creating scars that may be far deeper and more lasting than physical ones – (Engel, 1992, p. 10)
Did you know what the definition of emotional abuse was?