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Emotional and psychological abuse
Children can become seriously psychologically harmed or emotionally scarred when the words or actions of others may damage the child’s confidence or self esteem. This can result in a child becoming emotionally deprived, seriously traumatised or living in constant fear. While extreme one-off incidents can traumatise a child, it is generally when the following behaviours are ongoing that lasting damage is caused.
- Verbal abuse, excessive criticism or threat of violence.
- Depriving a child of love, affection or attention.
- Excessive discipline through isolation, threatening behaviours or resulting in neglect.
- Manipulation or intimidation.
- Exposure to violence or drug and alcohol related behaviours.
- Forcing a child to take part in illegal, cult or dangerous activities.
- When separation, divorce or blended families cause guilt or distress.
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Acknowledgement of Country
In the spirit of reconciliation Children's Guide acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, waters and community. We pay our respect to Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.