Psychological Abuse

Psychological Abuse

Psychological abuse refers to the emotional harm one individual exacts on another. Depending on the situation, psychological abuse can come in many forms, including:

• abandonment
• ageism
• criticism
• humiliation, ridicule
• isolation
• name calling
• racism
• religious persecution
• sexism
• threats

Unfortunately, many cases of psychological abuse are hard to detect because:

• It's hard to find physical evidence to prove or highlight psychological abuse.

• Abused individuals tend to keep the abuse secret, if they even recognize that they are being abused.

However, because psychological abuse often dominoes into physical abuse, it's vital that abused individuals get the help they need to:

• Get back into a healthy environment.
• Get rid of their abuser to reduce the chances they will re-enter an abusive relationship
• Establish healthy self-esteem.

Relationships in Which Psychological Abuse Can Occur

Psychological abuse can occur in practically any relationship, including:

• parent-child
• boss-employee
• teacher-student
• acquaintances
• co-workers
• roommates
• siblings
• spouses or significant others

Regardless of the relationship in which it occurs, psychological abuse is never okay. Those who are experiencing psychological abuse should seek immediate help to prevent further emotional damage (and possible physical abuse).

Getting Help for Psychological Abuse

If left untreated, psychological abuse can put people at a higher risk of developing:

• alcohol and/or drug abuse
• depression
• erratic, violent or aggressive behavior
• lower self-esteem
• withdrawal

Given these risks and the likelihood that abusers won't stop their behavior on their own, it's essential that abused individuals seek help by:

• Going to a local shelter (Most cities have at least one local shelter to help support victims of psychological abuse.)
• Joining support groups for victims of psychological abuse
• Participating in chat rooms for abused individuals
• Talking about their experience with a therapist or trained counselor
• Talking to their doctor about taking depression medication or getting treatment for alcohol/drug abuse.

If abuse turns physical, call 911 for immediate police intervention. If you suspect psychological abuse may turn violent, report it to the police immediately and see what legal options you have for subduing your abuser.

Supervised contact and/or restraining orders can be legal recourses for dealing with those who have psychologically abused you.

Psychological Abuse Hotlines

Keep in mind, as well, that there are plenty of 24-hour hotlines that can help you:

• identify and cope with psychological abuse

• find local resources to help you combat your abuse

Some national hotlines dedicated to supporting victims of psychological abuse include:

• National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1 (800) 799-SAFE - 1 (800) 787-3224 (for the deaf)

• Childhelp USA® National Child Abuse Hotline: 1 (800) 4-A-Child

• National Youth Crisis Hotline: 1 (800) HIT-HOME


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