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Emotional abuse

Emotional abuse, also referred to as psychological abuse, is the attempt to scare, control or isolate an individual by intimidation or fear.

It may involve:

  • deliberately telling an individual that they are worthless
  • not giving someone the opportunity to express their views, deliberately silencing them or ‘making fun’ of what they say
  • bullying, coercive and controlling behaviour or blackmail.

Just because there is no physical mark that doesn’t mean the abuse isn’t real. Emotional abuse can have short-term and long-lasting effects that are just as serious as the effects of physical abuse.

Getting help

Splitz Devon

Provides support to improve safety, signpost to other services and aid your recovery from the impact of domestic abuse. They offer 1-to-1 victim support, survivor groups, support for children, and perpetrator programmes.

0345 155 1074

Womens Aid

Emotional abuse could be an aspect of ‘coercive control’ – a pattern of controlling, threatening and degrading behaviour that restricts a victims’ freedom. Womens Aid can provide advice and support if you are being financially abused in a domestic relationship.

0808 2000 247

North Devon Against Domestic Abuse (NDADA)

Offers refuge for women and children who have suffered domestic abuse, and provide support, advice and help to anyone who requests it.

01271 321 946