You probably know many of the more obvious signs of mental and emotional abuse. The abuser could be your spouse or other romantic partner. They could be your business partner, parent, or a caretaker. Continue reading to learn more, including how to recognize it and what you can do next.
There are a variety of types of behaviour that could be classed as emotional abuse. These include:. But the point about whether the behaviour is abusive, is how it makes you feel. There may be many reasons for partners behaving in this way. They may have grown up in a family environment where there was lots of shouting or sarcasm or been in relationships in the past that made them feel insecure.
This is often the first question we ask someone we know or suspect is in an unhealthy relationship. Stopping short of inquiring about other forms of abuse implies that physical violence is the defining factor of an unhealthy relationship. This is a huge issue, because emotional abuse can absolutely be that bad. Even if relationship never gets physically abusive, emotional abuse can escalate over time with devastating consequences, even death.
At a glance 69 Published: January Last reviewed: October Signs of abuse can often be difficult to detect. This page aims to help people who come into contact with people with care and support needs to identify abuse and recognise possible indicators. Many forms of abuse are also criminal offences and should be treated that way. The Care and support statutory guidance identifies ten types of abuse, these are:.