What is Emotional Abuse?

Emotional abuse is when someone close to you is using hurtful language, criticism or other forms of bullying in order to manipulate you and wear down your self-esteem.  You could have any number of reactions to this abuse, such as feeling hurt, confused, frightened or even trapped in your situation. 

Emotional abuse can manifest in different ways, such as name-calling, yelling, using guilt as a weapon and isolating you completely. No matter what form it comes in, if your abuser’s behaviour upsets you, makes you feel small or threatens you in any way, it’s emotional abuse and you do not need to put up with it. 

It’s not always easy to spot emotional abuse because it can come in many subtle forms, and the abuser can be someone we care very deeply for, but no matter who the person is or what the circumstance happens to be, you never deserve to be emotionally mistreated.

What can you Do?

Stop blaming yourself 

Sometimes people who have been abused start to think that there must be something wrong with them because of their abuser’s behaviour – this is NOT the case. You are not at fault; you do not deserve to be abused.  You can’t control the actions of others but you can stop blaming yourself. 

Find support 

Speaking to someone about your situation or your feelings can help you to figure out your next move. If you think you’re experiencing emotional abuse, open up to a friend, family member or someone here at our support centre. 

Reach out and get help 

You’re safety is important. If you feel that you are in danger, don’t hesitate to get help. Reach out to someone who is in a position to support you safely or if you are in immediate danger, call emergency services on 999. 

Get in touch

Before Reaching Out

Callers are asked to ensure they are in a safe environment when making a call to the helpline.

Callers do not have to give their real name if they do not want to, an alias can be provided. Or if callers prefer, our Helpline Practitioners can offer a caller contact code which can be used each time a call to the helpline is made. This allows us to easily find call records and means callers will not be asked to repeat information they have previously provided.

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