Psychological Abuse

Psychological abuse is common, but too few people understand the definition of this well enough to spot it. Without the visible signs of physical abuse, psychological abuse can stay hidden for years.

Psychological abuse can affect a person’s inner thoughts and feelings as well as exert control over their life.

Psychological abuse may start small at first and build into something that can be frightening and threatening. Signs and symptoms include:

  • Exclusion from meaningful events or activities
  • Ignoring
  • Imitating or mocking the person
  • Insulting the person
  • Isolating the person
  • Name calling
  • Swearing at them
  • Threatening the person or threatening to take away something that is important to them
  • Yelling.

It’s important to remember that any of these examples of Psychological abuse can happen to either a man or a woman.

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Prevention Information Sheet: Psychological Abuse