Emotional abuse At a glance
Emotional abuse is the ongoing emotional maltreatment or emotional neglect of a child. It’s sometimes called psychological abuse and can seriously damage a child’s emotional health and development.
Emotional abuse can involve deliberately trying to scare or humiliate a child or isolating or ignoring them.
Children who are emotionally abused are usually suffering another type of abuse or neglect at the same time – but this isn’t always the case.
Help and advice
Signs, symptoms and effects
Keeping children safe
Research and resources
What we do about emotional abuse
Services for children and families
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