Emotional & Psychological Abuse

What is Emotional/Psychological Abuse?

Examples: threats of harm or abandonment, blackmail, deprivation of contact, humiliation and ridicule, blaming, controlling, intimidation, coercion, harassment, isolation, cyber bullying, shouting and swearing, unreasonable support of services or support networks, denial of cultural or religious needs, denial of access to the development of social skills.

Couple in conflict

Possible Indicators:

Change in appetite, weight loss or gain

Low self esteem

Upset and tearfulness

Confusion and agitation


Avoiding eye contact, withdrawal

Isolation, unable to make contact


Poor hygiene, resulting from restricted access to facilities

Uncharacteristic behaviour

Don’t Ignore It. Report It!

If you suspect a neighbour, friend or family member is being neglected or abused, or you need help yourself:
Report it to the relevant Local Authority or Police.