Psychological abuse

Psychological abuse

Psychological abuse involves a person's attempts to frighten, control, or isolate you.

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What is psychological abuse

Psychological abuse involves the regular and deliberate use of a range of words and non-physical actions used with the purpose to manipulate, hurt, weaken or frighten a person mentally and emotionally.

This type of abuse may include

  • Accusation of cheating, signs of jealousy or possessiveness
  • Attempts to control the victim’s behaviour
  • Constantly arguing
  • Criticism
  • Gaslighting
  • Isolating the individual from their family and friends
  • Name-calling and verbal abuse
  • Refusing to participate in the relationship
  • Shaming or blaming
  • Silent treatment
  • Withholding affection and attention

This type of abuse may not be apparent at the outset of a relationship. Behaviours may begin so slowly that that may not be noticeable at first.