Emotional Abuse

It is difficult to outline “Emotional Abuse” as there is no legal definition as it stands. As such, it is often difficult to defend, particularly if the risk is “future”. However, the following actions are generally considered to be emotionally abusive:

  • Exposing children to violence, drug/alcohol use, or domestic abuse
  • Causing children to feel persistently frightened
  • Failure to protect children from violence or abuse by another
  • Making the children feel worthless, unloved, or unable to express themselves
  • Bullying (including Cyber Bullying)
  • Expecting too much of children, or overprotecting them