What is Emotional Abuse?

Emotional Abuse is the controlling of another person by using emotions to criticize, embarrass, shame, blame or otherwise manipulate a person. A relationship is emotionally abusive when there is a consistent pattern of abusive language and bullying behaviors that break down a person’s self esteem and undermine their mental health.

Emotional Abuse is one of the hardest forms of abuse to recognize and combat. It can be subtle, insidious, overt and manipulative. It breaks away the victim’s self-esteem until they begin to doubt their perceptions and reality.

Children in particular are at risk of physical manifestations from Emotional Abuse. Victims who were severely bullied were found to
have significant shrinkage in the corpus collosum. The corpus collosum regulates messages between the frontal lobe and the left and right hemispheres of the brain. This makes it difficult for victims to process and respond to stimuli.

The underlying goal of emotional abuse is to control the victim by discrediting, isolating and silencing.



The Center for the Prevention of Emotional Abuse provides training on recognizing and reacting to abuse in the classroom, the gym, and on the sports playing field. Contact us for training modules.


The Center for the Protection of Emotional Abuse is working with State Representatives in Connecticut to clarify the definition of emotional abuse in state statute. The State of Connecticut does not include the robust definitions and guidance provided by The Office of Civil Rights Title IX as well as SafeSports and the Ted Steven’s Act. These two federal laws stress the importance of protecting minors who believe they are victims of emotional abuse. Connecticut Law remains silent on the subject.

Third Party Objective Investigations

The Center for the Protection of Emotional Abuse is available to schools, parents and children who require guidance and assistance with investigation of emotional abuse claims. The Center for the Protection of Emotional Abuse strives to help organizations remain compliant with both state and federal laws to combat bullying and abusive environments.

About us

Here at the Center for the Prevention of Emotional Abuse, we are committed to empowering students to advocate for themselves.

For students and educators to thrive, it’s imprt in an environment of mutual respect.



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