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Here are the resources we found for emotional abuse for parents and families:
Emotional abuse is the second most common reason for children needing protection from abuse but people often misunderstand what emotional abuse is and how to deal with it. This web page is a quick education in emotional abuse, how to spot it and how to keep children safe from emotional abuse.
Everyone has the right to feel happy and safe, wherever they are and whoever they are with. However, sometimes people can be hurt by others, leaving them feeling unsafe. If an individual is being hurt by someone, this is called abuse.
This page from the Black Country CAMHS site provides an introduction to abuse, including physical, sexual and emotional abuse. It includes tips to support young people, and a set of additional links.
5 Must Know Signs of Emotional Abuse
This video from Kati Morton highlights 5 signs of emotional abuse. These include degradation, controlling behaviour, accusations, neglect and codependency. These behaviours aren’t just seen in a romantic relationship, they can also be seen in parental or familial relationships as well, but remember emotional abuse is never your fault.
The National Association for People Abused in Childhood
NAPAC (the National Association for People Abused in Childhood) offers support to adult survivors of all types of childhood abuse, including physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect. A freephone helpline is available and the support team can also be contacted by email. Training courses are provided for professionals who support adult survivors of child abuse.
Blog / personal article
Emotional Abuse: All Too Common and Misunderstood
This article from NoBullying.com is an introduction and overview of several topics related to emotional abuse which should give anyone a basic knowledge of the topic. This web page contains a quick guide to how the cycle of emotional abuse starts and is perpetuated through generations as well as how to stop emotional abuse from continuing.