Emotional abuse can cause a deep impact on a child and can last for a very long time. Emotional abuse is when care providing adult fails to give the child affection, love, warmth, or attention the child needs for its social-emotional development.
Emotional abuse also includes verbal abuse where the child is humiliated, insulted, and screamed at constantly. Emotional abuse can make children feel worthless and not loved. This can scar the child for life.
Emotional abuse in children:
- The child is not allowed to express his or her opinion or point of view;
- The child is ridiculed for something said;
- Constantly tell a child to be quiet or to shut up;
- Yelling at and threatening a child constantly;
- Make fun of a child for their way of being;
- Giving a child the “silent treatment” as punishment, which is not talking to the child for a while;
- Limit physical contact with a child, no hugging or giving warmth;
- Unwanted name calling and telling the child he or she is of no good, or he or she was a mistake'
- Does not allow the child to have any contact with friends'
- The child is abused in front of others: beating, or giving the child a whack or yelling at the child'
- Bullying of a child, including online bullying'
- All of these forms of abuse include a level of emotional abuse that can scar a child for life and affect the child even later as an adult.
How to detect signs of emotional abuse?
When a child is being emotionally abused, they tend to show certain signals. These can vary from child to child based on the specific situation. Keep in mind that these signals do not always reflect the emotional abuse of a child but can be caused by other reasons as well. Hence, it is so important to be alert and not neglect these signals, but to seek help or advice from professionals. Only with the correct actions, we can save a life.
Signals of emotional abuse:
- The child shows anxiety and is scared;
- The child has rude behavior, is aggressive or very negative; The child is very quiet and has difficulties finding friends;
- The child does not show any love or affection to its parents or a specific adult;
- The child has inappropriate behavior like thumb sucking at an older age.
If you as a parent or child guardian feel like you may need guidance and support for the care and upbringing of a child, please contact Tienda di Educacion the education store) at 161. If you are a child or minor and need support or advice, please call Telefon pa Hubentud (the Youth hotline) at 131.
When you suspect child abuse, please contact Bureau Sostenemi at 5881010 for advice and help. In case of emergency call 100.
For more information about child abuse please visit www.scparuba.com. “The well-being and safety of our children is the responsibility of all of us”. – Sociaal Crisis Plan