Emotional, psychological and mental abuse

Emotional, psychological and mental abuse are often closely linked terms that can be used interchangeably.  The aim of the perpetrator of emotional abuse in relationships is to reduce confidence and esteem in order to make their victim increasingly reliant on them. They use tactics such as intimidation, bullying, constant criticism and keeping someone isolated from family and friends in order to exert control. Emotional abuse in relationships is often a means of controlling the victim by having a strong mental hold over them.

Emotional abuse in relationships can include (but is not limited to):

  • Constant put downs which make their victim feel stupid, worthless and useless
  • Making them feel that they are a bad/incapable parent
  • Making them feel ugly or fat
  • Telling them they are mad or ill
  • Isolating them from family and friends
  • Not allowing them out alone, constant checking up or following them
  • Playing on their fears or phobias
  • Ignoring or using silence against the victim
  • Making false allegations about them or endlessly making accusations

Many survivors of emotional abuse in relationships state that the impact of the abuse is worse than any physical violence they experienced, however it was much more difficult to prove, to obtain protection, or even to get others to take them seriously.

If you think you are experiencing emotional, psychological or mental abuse please seek help – GET HELP NOW.

If you think you are abusing someone emotionally, psychologically or mentally, please seek help – ADVICE FOR PERPETRATORS.