Providing support to people whose lives have been affected by domestic abuse

Psychological/emotional abuse can be as devastating as physical abuse.  Many people say that the healing from this form of abuse is much harder and it takes longer to heal.  It leaves deep psychological scars, often seriously damaging the self-confidence, self-esteem and self-identity of the person experiencing the abuse.   The perpetrator of emotional abuse will often try to isolate and control the person affected as well as using words to undermine them.

Psychological/emotionally abusive behaviours may include:

Effects of psychological/emotional abuse include:

These often leave the person feeling more dependant on the abuser, keeping them from realising their own self-worth and making it increasingly difficult to leave.

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