Psychological Abuse

If you are in mental health crisis please contact EPUT by dialling NHS 111 option 2.

If you're a victim of domestic abuse, or know someone who is, and there's an emergency that's ongoing or life is in danger, call 999 now.

If you have a hearing or speech impairment, use the Essex Police textphone service 18000 or text 999 if you’ve pre-registered with the emergencySMS service.

Other ways to report:

  • online
  • by calling 101 (If you have a hearing or speech impairment, use our textphone service on 18001 101)
  • in the safety of your local police station (if you require a translator, Police can provide someone initially by phone and later in person) 

Adult Social Care

If you are being abused in relation to your care and support needs, contact Adult Social Care.

Telephone: 0345 603 7630
Textphone: 0345 758 5592

Monday to Thursday, 8:45am to 5pm
Friday, 8:45am to 4:30pm

Out of hours telephone: 0345 606 1212


What is Emotional and Psychological Abuse?

Everyone has disagreements in relationships. There is a line, however, in which your run-of-the-mill disagreement turns into abuse. Abuse—sometimes known as domestic violence or intimate partner violence (IPV)—is consistent behavior used to assert power or control over another in a relationship.

Sometimes known as psychological or mental abuse, emotional abuse involves consistent actions and behaviors intended to psychologically manipulate someone else. It could look like repeatedly guilting, shaming, or blaming the other. Emotional abuse is one type of relationship abuse. It can be sneaky and hard to detect. It is serious, even if there are no visible or physical signs of the abuse.

Some believe emotional abuse isn’t “as bad” as physical abuse. This is simply not true. Anything hurtful is just that—hurtful. There is no need to compare or judge one painful experience against another. Emotional abuse can have a devastating impact on a person’s mental health, leaving inner wounds that may take years to heal.

Crisis Helpline

The team at Crisis have a range of information and support available on emotionalabuse and more: 


If you need someone to speak to, Samaritans are available 24/7 to listen and help you. 

Call 116 123 or visit