Child emotional abuse: Words – and silence – can hurt too

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The word “violence” conjures up images of things like beatings, bruises and spilled blood. But when it comes to their children’s upbringing, parents can be violent without laying a hand on them. This is psychological violence, also called psychological or emotional abuse. It includes threats of physical abuse, such as: “If you don’t go to bed immediately, you’ll get a lashing you won’t forget!” or saying humiliating things like: “You’ll never amount to anything!” Child emotional abuse isn’t only verbal though. Ignoring or giving a child the silent treatment, punishing a child with home confine…

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