What Is Emotional/Psychological/Mental Abuse?

What Is Emotional/Psychological/Mental Abuse?


Family law claims have many different types. Emotional abuse is one of those issues. Inappropriate words or deeds that has very negative effects on the victim. They are many examples and the list is not exhaustive:

  • Intimidating words which are said Constantly and alternatively intending to intimidate or harass the victim.
  • Exposing the victim to negative images or traumatizing situations
  • Use of false statements (especially when describing another person such as the other spouse or parent)
  • Threatening gesture,
    • Holding a fist in the air at the person.
    • Grabbing the clothing and pulling them towards them.
    • Grabbing the neck, arm, wrist etc.
  • Directed movements toward the victim.
  • Continual shouting.
  • Continual laughing, sniggering at the victim, ridiculing them in one way or another.


The abuser prepares his prey to be caught in his trap to break down the victim’s self-esteem and create a negative self-image. This is so the victim dare not do anything without them, no matter how much the victim is abused by them. The victim has lost confidence, lost self esteem, is economically reliant on the abuser.

They will manipulate the whole situation so the victim dare not and can not go out, shop, cook, dance, sing, have a laugh, spend time meeting others, visit the family, visit the doctor, visit the psychological therapist and so on.

Is Emotional Abuse Recognized as a Legal Cause of Action?

In the past, psychological and emotional abuse were not readily recognized as a form of abuse. Back in the day, especially prior to 2015, if they weren’t any physical marks showing, then the victim could not accuse her abuser of abusing them.

It is now different, emotional abuse is very much considered a major factor in many family law cases.

Emotional abuse is reviewed especially closely in child abuse cases as I mentioned before in long term psychological trauma compared to those who were abused solely in adulthood and how it sadly brings on child suicide. Unfortunately, domestic physical abuse often comes with emotional/ psychological/ mental abuse.

What Are Some Legal Remedies for Emotional Abuse?


Emotional abuse could result in a damages award for the victim but you need proof.

Damages award could benefit the victim for therapy sessions, medical costs, medication expenses, etc.

However, proof is needed as courts are wary about issuing damages awards in case it is fake or an imagined mental health conditions.

All is not lost because if the victim manifested some physical symptoms, such as proving the victim visited the doctor for lack of sleep, lack of eating, nerves, anxiety, and many more, it could help serve you as evidence for their claim.

Lastly, courts may also decide to issue and enforce a restraining order on the offender.

This is more so the case when there is physical violence involved but it is worth doing.

Emotional abuse can also be a determining factor in cases involving child custody, child support, and visitation times.

What Are Some Legal Remedies for Emotional Abuse?
Legal remedies that can be made is called NON LEGAL REMEDIES

Should I Hire a Lawyer for Help with Emotional Abuse Claims?

Emotional abuse is against the law and hence, it is a major factor in some family law claims. You may need to hire a lawyer if you need advice or representation regarding emotional abuse.


Your attorney can inform you of your rights and what types of legal remedies are available. Also, if you need to file a legal cause of action, your attorney can guide you through that process.

Non Legal Remedies

Legal methods can sometimes be a long and treacherous road leaving the victim helpless for a long period of time in a situation that they shouldn’t be experiencing to begin with. And so there a non-legal methods that are there to help these women.

Women’s Refuges

Women need to get out of an abusive relationship as soon as they can.

But due to the partner, they have nowhere to go if they leave and they lack self confidence, motive, they don’t believe in themselves, they don’t believe they are abused, they think they deserver what they are being given from their abuser.

So there are women’s refuges around where the women can go to be protected from the partner. An example of this is the St Vincent de Paul Society. They provide emergency medium – term accommodation. The Salvation Army and Red Cross also provide similar levels of assistance.

Government Initiatives (please click on link)

They are many more countries with available help please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need too, don’t suffer alone. Either Private message me on Facebook Page or through here by commenting or E-Mail me at gemmadupont@mail.com. Hope you have enjoyed this topic and hope it helps. Please leave a comment

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