Emotional abuse

This would happen, for instance, when a child is always being unfairly blamed for everything, or told they are stupid and made to feel unhappy.

What is emotional abuse?

Some examples of emotional abuse are when someone:

  • calls you names
  • keeps shouting at you, even if you haven't done anything wrong
  • puts you down 
  • ignores you or leaves you out of things
  • says or does things that make you feel bad about yourself
  • makes you feel like you don’t belong
  • makes you take responsibility for things you shouldn’t have to do until you’re older
  • treats you differently from your brothers or sisters
  • puts you in dangerous situations
  • is aggressive and violent to other people in your family and you seeing this happening
  • stops you from having friends.


  • You don’t have to put up with it.
  • No-one has the right to make you feel bad.
  • It’s never your fault when someone is emotionally abusive to you.

Where can I go for help?