Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse is ongoing conduct that seriously harms a child’s psychological well-being.

It can take the form of  constant belittling, shaming, and humiliating a child, calling the child names and comparing her unfavorably to others, telling the child he is  “no good,” “worthless,” “bad,” or “a mistake,” frequent yelling, threatening, or bullying, ignoring or rejecting a child as punishment, withholding signs of affection, and exposing the child to violence towards others, whether it be the abuse of a parent, a sibling, or even a pet.

Physical signs of emotional abuse:
Behavioral signs of emotional abuse:

Do you suspect that your child (or one for which you are responsible) is being abused?   Find out what to do next for your child.
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