Gestures, words or attitudes that negatively affect an individual’s psychological well-being or integrity.
Violence: Emotional blackmail, manipulation, humiliation, insults, infantilization, belittlement, verbal and non-verbal threats, disempowerment, excessive monitoring of activities, etc.
Neglect: Rejection, indifference, social isolation, etc.
Signs: Fear, anxiety, depression, withdrawal, reluctance to speak openly, mistrust, fearful interaction with one or several people, suicidal ideation, rapid decline of cognitive abilities, suicide, etc.
NB: Psychological mistreatment is without a doubt the most common and least apparent type of mistreatment:
- It often accompanies other types of mistreatment.
- Its effects can be just as detrimental as those of other types of mistreatment.