Psychological abuse is behaviour that aims to cause emotional or mental harm. It may not hurt your body, but can be just as painful and distressing in other ways.
No one behaves perfectly in their relationships all the time. However, when someone deliberately hurts you over and over again it becomes abusive. Behaviour from others that aims to make you feel scared or bad about yourself is not OK.
Psychological abuse can include someone regularly:
There may be a pattern to the behaviour that happens again and again. Sometimes other types of abuse are going on at the same time. If this kind of abuse is being used to scare and control you it may be domestic or family violence.
Psychological abuse can happen in any relationship, including with:
None of these people has the right to psychologically abuse you. If your or someone you know is experiencing psychological abuse it is OK to ask for help.