What is emotional abuse?


Emotional abuse can occur without leaving physical marks. It is a form of abuse that can have a lasting impact on your self-esteem and confidence.

The aim of the emotional abuser is to chip away at your feelings of self-worth and independence in an attempt to maintain power and control over you.

Emotional abuse can include any of the following:

  • Verbal assault - name calling, yelling, swearing or insulting you
  • Rejection - ignoring your presence, your conversation, pretending not to notice you
  • Causing fear - using threats or intimidation to get their way, making you feel afraid, threatening to use physical violence
  • Isolation - limiting your contact to other people, such as friends or family, pressuring you to stop working, restricting your outings
  • Financial dependence - stealing from you, preventing your employment, controlling or withholding your money
  • Bullying - purposely doing things or saying things that hurt you repeatedly

If you’re still unsure and want to find out about some common warning signs of emotional abuse, check out Prepair NZ https://prepairnz.com/prepairnz-emotional-abuse/

If you need someone to talk to, call Shine’s domestic abuse Helpline on 0508-744-633 every day 9am-11pm. Or visit the website here http://www.2shine.org.nz/

Need to talk? Txt or call 1737 to talk about mental health or addictions.