PSYCHOLOGICAL ABUSE LAWYER
Psychological abuse is one of the toughest forms of abuse and one of the hardest situations to get out of. The abuser succeeds in keeping the victim subdued and completely depriving them of their freedom. That is why often it’s harder to get out of the situation than it is to file a report.
Psychological abuse can often be experienced together with physical domestic abuse, but many times threats and insults are enough to make a person completely lose their freedom and autonomy.
In Spain, psychological abuse is punished as severely as physical abuse. With this decision, legislators have strived to underline the incredible severity of this crime, which can have deep long-term consequences, often more serious than physical harm.
WHAT TO DO IF…
When a person is experiencing psychological abuse, the most difficult thing is coming to the conclusion that that is, in fact, what they are going through. What victims do know is that they are sad, depressed, and feel listless.
If you are experiencing these feelings and emotions, the best thing is to visit your primary care doctor or a therapist, someone who will listen to you and help you interpret what is really going on. Needless to say, if you have friends or family you can talk to, they can also be a big help.
Psychological abuse can be overcome, but only if you summon the necessary strength to speak up about your situation and later report it.
EXAMPLES OF PSYCHOLOGICAL ABUSE SITUATIONS
My wife doesn’t want our children to spend time with my family, so I have to go visit them by myself. I show my parents pictures of their grandchildren. They’re quite sad about the situation, but I don’t want any trouble with my wife.
My husband is always in a bad mood; he screams at me and at the children. When we’re alone, he insults me and says that if I ever tell anyone what he does, I’ll live to regret it. I’m very scared of what he might do to the children, but it is true that he has never laid a finger on any of us.
When we’re at home, my wife is in an awful mood and shouts at everyone, she’s hysterical and insults us. She even breaks things. I think she has psychological problems and the children and I are bearing the brunt of it. I don’t want to get divorced because I know the courts will favour her. I’m also sure she’ll get custody and I’m scared of what she may do to the children.