Emotional abuse At a glance
Emotional abuse is the ongoing emotional maltreatment 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 often suffering another type of abuse or neglect at the same time – but this isn’t always the case.
Help and advice
Signs, indicators and effects
Keeping children safe
Research and resources
What we do about emotional abuse
Services for children, families and professionals
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What you can do
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Up to 90% of children who've been abused will develop mental health issues by the time they're 18.