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Emotional Abuse & Safeguarding Mental Health

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Without the visible signs of physical abuse, emotional abuse can stay hidden for years.

Emotional and psychological abuse can include:

  • Threats of harm or verbal abuse.
  • Deprivation of contact or refusal of visitors.
  • Humiliation.
  • Restricting personal choice and refusing to respect privacy.
  • Blaming, controlling, or intimidating behaviour.
  • Coercion and harassment.
  • Removing mobility or communication aids, or intentionally leaving someone unattended when they need assistance.
  • Forced isolation, or withdrawal from services or support networks.

Coercive control is often prevalent in domestic abuse cases. This is a form of psychological abuse which is a recognised criminal offence. Read our Guide on Clare’s Law.

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See it - Report it! Contact Hartlepool Borough Council iSPA team today on 01429 523390 or email

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