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Types of emotional abuse
Here are some examples of emotional abuse:
Calling you names or constantly putting you down
Withholding love, support, praise or attention
Forcing you to do things by scaring you
Driving recklessly in the car to scare you
Constantly criticising, humiliating or blaming you
Having expectations of you that are too high or you cannot reach
Ignoring or pretending you aren’t there
Often swearing, yelling or screaming at you
Threatening to harm you, people you care about or your pets
Making you feel different from other family members
Telling you that you’re worthless, unloved or not good enough
Not letting you be independent, learn new things or make friends
Not allowing you to express your ideas or making fun of what you say
Treating you badly because of things you can’t change (eg. disability, gender, sexuality)
You deserve to be treated with care and respect. No-one has the right to make you feel bad about yourself.
If emotional abuse is happening to you…
It’s important to remember:
There are people you can talk to who can help
Here’s a list of some people you could try talking to. Remember, if at first you don’t get help, keep trying until you find somebody who will help you.
Kids Helpline - 1800 55 1800
An older relative or friend
1800 RESPECT - 1800 737 732
A teacher or school principal
Doctor or nurse
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