Emotional abuse

Is persistent emotional neglect or ill treatment that has severe and persistent adverse effects on a child’s emotional development.

It may involve conveying to a child that they are worthless or unloved, inadequate or valued only insofar as they meet the needs of another person. It may also involve the imposition of age- or developmentally-inappropriate expectations on a child, or may involve causing children to feel frightened or in danger, or exploiting or corrupting children.

Some level of emotional abuse is present in all types of ill treatment of a child; it can also occur independently of other forms of abuse.