You could see in the previous article about harassment that the consequences of psychological violence can be dramatic and with lifelong impacts. Bullying is a form of psychological violence, but it is not the only one.

The psychological violence, also known as moral violence, mental violence or emotional violence can be defined as a kind of violence or abuse towards others without the implementation of physical violence itself. That is why we can sometimes think that, since there is not visible violence and that it works as a quite subtle process, then it does not exist, or at least it is minimal. But it’s important to realize that it is a real violence that can have serious consequences and that it not only affects individuals’ mental health and their social networks, but also deprives them of opportunities for future personal, social and economic development.

This represents the most common form of violence.

Nearly half (49%) of those surveyed experienced psychological abuse regularly.


Persecutors use this violence in order to control their victim, in particular by destabilizing her. 

Psychological abuse follows a pattern of manipulation, that can often involve a phase of taking care of the victim. Abusive behaviour is interspersed with warmth and kindness, slowly desensitising the victim to the behaviour. And that is why it can be difficult to notice because confusing for the victim.

Here are some types of behaviour that the abuser can adopt and which are part of the process of psychological violence:

  • Isolation from others
  • Verbal aggression
  • Threats about harming you, your pets, children, or other people who are important to you
  • Intimidation, embarrassing the victim in public or in front of family, friends, support workers or people you work with
  • Harassment or stalking
  • Insults
  • Humiliation
  • Defamation
  • Ignorance
  • Always correcting what you say with the aim of making you look or feel foolish.

If you know someone that is going through this kind of process, or if you can recognize yourself in all of that, keep in mind that you can always find help by talking about it or by approaching associations that exist for it.

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