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Emotional, Psychological and Mental Abuse

Emotional, Psychological and Mental Abuse

Emotional, Psychological and Mental abuse can be verbal or nonverbal, aimed directly at the partner or at what is precious to the partner. Such as:

  • Constant negative comments about a person's appearance, abilities, intelligence
  • Insults made privately or in front of others.
  • Possessiveness, jealousy, suspicions of sexual infidelity or emotional disloyalty
  • Extreme demands for the partner's time and attention

Consider this form of abuse if you are aware of social isolation, depression, nervousness, self-harm and constant phone calls and messages from partner/ ex-partner or family member.

It is crucial for agencies to listen to the victim or potential victim's concerns – remember that they may not be able to articulate why they believe they are at risk or provide tangible evidence of the risks.

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