Harvey & Foote Law Firm
Call today for a free initial consultation
505-633-8579

What are signs of psychological abuse?

New Mexican residents like you trust the facilities you leave your parents or grandparents in to treat them with dignity, kindness and respect. Unfortunately, that does not always happen. There may even be some situations in which there are abusive members of staff present, so knowing how to spot signs of invisible abuse can be important.

Physical abuse often leaves marks that can be spotted with time. However, according to the Nursing Home Abuse Guide, psychological abuse can be harder to pinpoint. Psychological abuse can come in many forms, but usually fall into categories of humiliation, intimidation, or degradation. Examples include:

  • Name-calling
  • Guilting
  • Shouting or yelling
  • Use of intimidation tactics
  • Making threats

Psychological abuse can be non-verbal as well. Examples include secluding the victim from others, ignoring them or giving them the "silent treatment", threatening to withhold necessities like food, water or medication, or preventing their participation in group activities.

Signs of psychological abuse usually manifest in behavioral or emotional changes that can be hard to spot. This includes the victim withdrawing or becoming depressed, displaying nervousness or fear, or becoming aggressive and agitated. Refusing to interact with or speak to other people can be a warning sign. Sudden changes in behavior, such as an outgoing person becoming more "shy" can also be a signal. Victims may even begin to display physical nervous tics, such as rocking or biting.

Any of these signs could potentially point to abuse. Though that may not be the case, it is best to investigate any suspicions thoroughly rather than letting them sit.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For a Response

Get Started Today

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Office Location:

Office Location
9202 San Mateo Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113

Phone: 505-633-8579
Fax: 505-254-1111
Map & Directions