Emotional abuse “She is a master of disguise, see that smile it has hidden sorrow” By Raghib Clitso Created by : Muila Mongo Lei Zhang Xue Lian Li Melissa Lin Soo Young Park
What is Emotional Abuse Verbal attacks or demeaning actions that impact on a child’s self esteem and self worth
Types of Emotional Abuse Rejecting: Putting down a child or youth’s worth or putting down their needs Isolating: Keeping a child away from family and friends Ignoring: Failing to give any response to or interact with a child or youth at all Corrupting: Encouraging a child or youth to do things that are illegal or harmful to themselves
Types of Emotional Abuse Exploiting: Giving a child or youth responsibilities that are far greater than a child/youth that age can handle Terrorizing: Causing a child or youth to be terrified by the constant use of threats and /or intimidating behaviour Witnessing Family Violence: When children and youth are exposed to family violence frequently
Signs and Symptoms Feeling of depression Withdrawal from social interaction Low self-esteem Fearfulness Increased anxiety Guilty feeling Feeling of shame
Signs and Symptoms Mood changes Nervous feeling Not trusting others Extreme attention seeking Avoiding eye-contact Telling lies Aggressive behavior
Impact The effect of emotional abuse are often silent. Verbal and psychological wounds leave a child forever changed. Emotional child abuse attacks a child’s self-concept. Emotional abuse is the most difficult form of child maltreatment to identify and stop.
Prevalence emotional Abuse Canada Children experience high levels of emotional abuse According to “The 2003 Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect” Exposure to domestic violence is the second most likely of all cases to be substantiated. Emotional harm is associated to various degrees with all forms of child maltreatment. Emotional maltreatment is the lease likely forms of child maltreatment to be investigated by police.
Prevalence of emotional abuse Globally The United States National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect reports an overall rate of child maltreatment of 1.5 million children 204,500 of these children are recorded for emotional abuse 212,800 of the 1.5 million children are recorded under the category of emotional neglect (Sedlak & Broadhurst, 1996)http://www.factscourtwatch.org/Emotional-Psychological%20Abuse%20Fact%20Sheet.htm
Emotional abuse Myths Facts Relatively few cases are reported, Emotional abuse is often concealed in secrets leaving only the most severely and behaviours that are tied to other traumatized children and youth problems protected and treated. In a Canadian study of 135,000 The emotional abuse statistics are investigations by child welfare agencies over depending on the definition a three month period, 60% were emotional adopted, estimates of the maltreatment and neglect. prevalence of "psychological maltreatment“ Child abusers look like anyone else, in fact they often present an appearance of Child molesters look sleazy, respectability, hold jobs, function well in the unusual or creepy community and have the respect of their peers. The emotional illness affecting an abuser is rarely obvious