Emotional Abuse

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Emotional Abuse

Recognising and Responding to Abusive Situations

Types of emotional abuse include:victim blaming, setting unrealistic standards, brainwashing and mind gamesIMPACTSPhysical- often difficulty spotting physical symptoms of abuse, instead leaves victim feeling emotionally scarredEmotional/Mental- leaves victim feeling depressed- anxiety- depression- risk of suicideSocial- low self-esteem- lack of confidence- difficulty interacting with others and in social situations

Emotional Abuse

What is it?Also referred to as psychological or mental abuse, emotional abuse is the act of chipping away at a person's feelings making them feel a negative sense of self-worth and a lack of independence.It may occur in a negative relationship were one member has power and control over their partner.

How to combat Emotional Abuse- TRUST, TALK, TAKE CONTROLTrustEnsure you are in a relationship with someone who you can trust- this can avoid the problem altogetherTalkIf you are feeling uncomfortable in your relationship, make sure you talk to someone whom you trust and can do something to help the situation. At school, there are a number of people you will always be able to contact such as teachers, other students and counsellors.Take ControlIt is helpful to assess the situation and work out a possible plan to manage what is in your control e.g. speak up if you feel threatened by your partner/other person in the relationship.

Where to get helpThere are a number of places and people you can go to see if you are ever feeling at risk of being emotionally abused. It is important that you know the right person to see if you are facing problems. Some of these include:- friends- family i.e. a parent, older sibling- school teachers (subject and form)- school counsellor- websites or helplines e.g. ReachOut, Kids Helpline

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