On day 8 of the 16 Days of Action against Domestic Abuse Campaign, we will be talking about Psychological Abuse.

Psychological abuse can be subtle yet have profound effects. It involves the systematic attempt to instill fear or manipulate a person’s thoughts and actions.

The abuser may use intimidation tactics such as making threats or displaying violent behaviors. They could isolate the victim by limiting the victim’s interactions with friends or family.

In more extreme cases, psychological abuse might include stalking, where the abuser persistently invades the victim’s personal space or privacy.

Gaslighting is an example of mental or psychological abuse, although it can also be considered a form of emotional abuse. With gaslighting, an abuser questions your beliefs, sanity, and perception of reality. A gas lighter may deliberately make you feel overly sensitive, irrational, or delusional.

Recognising psychological abuse is the first step to breaking its hold. Look for signs like changes in personality, withdrawal from social activities, or constant anxiety in the presence of the partner.

The team at Ringrose Law can help. If you or someone you know is affected by this blog please contact our Domestic Abuse Team. We have a 24/7 Domestic Abuse helpine, that you can either call or text on 07739 748675.

As part of the 16 Days of Action, let’s commit to recognising, confronting, and ending psychological abuse. Together, we can lift the veil of silence and bring hope and healing to those suffering in silence.

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