Mental/Psychological Abuse

Abuse can take several forms, including mental, psychological or emotional abuse. It is a pattern of behaviour from one person to another and can take place in any setting or relationship. The abuser may be a spouse, parent, sibling, or extended family member. Often times, the abuser feels justified in their actions and is not concerned that the abuse will be reported. Mental abuse can range from subtle actions, such as name-calling, ignoring or excessively criticizing, to more severe actions such as threatening violence, abandonment, or threatening to withhold food or basic care that a person needs. Mental abuse may result in anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder. Any form of mistreatment that results in mental, emotional or physical harm can be considered a form of abuse. Do you have concerns about mental abuse within your own family or that of a loved one? Or do you wish to report a friend whom you think may be in need of help or protection, but don’t know who to call? Or would you like to seek care and treatment following mental abuse? Kinjunxion is here to help with empathetic and understanding sources of support and information.

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Healing from Hidden Abuse

A JourneyThrough the Stages of Recovery from Psy Chological Abuse

Healing from Hidden Abuse takes the reader through the six stages of recovery that are necessary for individuals to find important answers to the life chaos they have experienced.

Coercive Control

The Entrapment of Women in Personal Life

Despite its great achievements, the domestic violence revolution is stalled, Evan Stark argues in this provocative and persuasive book. Interventions have failed to improve women's long-term safety in relationships or to hold perpetrators accountable, he shows, because the singular focus on physical violence against women masks an even more devastating reality. In millions of abusive relationships, men use a largely unidentified form of subjugation that more closely resembles kidnapping or indentured servitude than assault. He calls this pattern of manipulative behaviors coercive control.

Letting Go of Good

Dispel the Myth of Goodness to Find Your Genuine Self

"Mathews identifies a psychological pattern that largely goes unrecognized, but which is epidemic, and she offers sound, solid solutions. This very wise book deserves a wide reception."—Larry Dossey, MD, author of One Mind Stop Being Good and Start Getting Real Rediscover your true self with Letting Go of Good, an empowering guide to dismantling the false connection between being good and being worthy. While exposing the dangers of the guilt-led life, practicing psychotherapist Andrea Mathews shares innovative tools and techniques for healing, including how to understand and dialogue with emotions, develop intuition and discernment, and make decisions from a place of honest desire and compassion. Featuring a foreword by Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul, this book provides the guidance you need to embrace the real, authentic you. With illuminating composite examples from Andrea's clinical experience and a powerful exploration of the pathway to healing, Letting Go of Good presents a breakthrough approach to creating genuine relationships and awakening your true self to find peace. Praise: "In this wonderful book, Andrea offers an important and insightful message for those seeking the next step in a life of freedom."—Jonathan Ellerby, PhD, bestselling author of Return to the Sacred "This beautifully expressed book is a true gift for those many who feel lost or depressed about the celebration of life."—Nancy Qualls-Corbett, PhD, author of The Sacred Prostitute: Eternal Aspects of the Feminine and Awakening Woman "Andrea Mathews not only understands the depths to which we go to remain in the human condition, but also the purity of the soul in that collaboration. Letting Go of Good: Dispel the Myth of Goodness to Find Your Genuine Self is a powerful bridge between the two, allowing the authentic self to emerge beyond the identity."—Simran Singh, life mentor, award-winning author of Conversations with the Universe, and media creator for 11:11 Magazine

Why Does He Do That?

Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men

A leading authority on abusive relationships offers women detailed guidelines on how to improve and survive an abusive relationship, discussing various types of abusive men, analyzing societal myths surrounding abuse, and answers questions about the warning signs of abuse, how to identify abusive behavior, how to know if one is in danger, and more. Reprint.

Rethinking Domestic Violence

Rethinking Domestic Violence is the third in a series of books by Donald Dutton critically reviewing research in the area of intimate partner violence (IPV). The research crosses disciplinary lines, including social and clinical psychology, sociology, psychiatry, affective neuropsychology, criminology, and criminal justice research. Since the area of IPV is so heavily politicized, Dutton tries to steer through conflicting claims by assessing the best research methodology. As a result, he comes to some very new conclusions. These conclusions include the finding that IPV is better predicted by psychological rather than social-structural factors, particularly in cultures where there is relative gender equality. Dutton argues that personality disorders in either gender account for better data on IPV. His findings also contradict earlier views among researchers and policy makers that IPV is essentially perpetrated by males in all societies. Numerous studies are reviewed in arriving at these conclusions, many of which employ new and superior methodologies than were available previously. After twenty years of viewing IPV as generated by gender and focusing on a punitive "law and order" approach, Dutton argues that this approach must be more varied and flexible. Treatment providers, criminal justice system personnel, lawyers, and researchers have indicated the need for a new view of the problem -- one less invested in gender politics and more open to collaborative views and interdisciplinary insights. Dutton's rethinking of the fundamentals of IPV is essential reading for psychologists, policy makers, and those dealing with the sociology of social science, the relationship of psychology to law, and explanations of adverse behaviour.

The Way Out of Emotional Abuse

Learn the Signs of Mental Abuse and How to Stop It!

When in danger, it's okay to feel afraid This fear generates several split-second changes in the body to prepare for the "fight-or-flight" response- And that's healthy!Individuals who go through Psychological Abuse of all types somehow they neither fight or flight But Freeze, and Accept as if things will get better one day!?However, for many this day never shows up! In The Way Out of Emotional Abuse book, you will learn all about these psychological abuse signs and how to Get Out of ITHere are some of the critical things you will learn emotional abuse: What is REALLY emotional abuse? Understanding emotional abuse Types of emotional abuse Effects of emotional abuse Emotional Bullying Emotional Blackmail How to avoid being a victim of emotional blackmailing Verbal abuse Signs of verbal bullying The general effects of emotional bullying to their victims Psychological Abuse Knowing you are a victim of mental abuse How those around us can make us realize that we are psychologically injured Emotional Manipulation Signs that you are emotionally being manipulated The Way Out Of Emotional Abuse Emotional management Some of the important strategies to manage your strong negative emotions The types of therapy for emotional abuse

The Emotionally Abusive Relationship

How to Stop Being Abused and How to Stop Abusing

"Engel doesn't just describe-she shows us the way out." -Susan Forward, author of Emotional Blackmail Praise for theemotionally abusive relationship "In this book, Beverly Engel clearly and with caring offersstep-by-step strategies to stop emotional abuse. . . helping bothvictims and abusers to identify the patterns of this painful andtraumatic type of abuse. This book is a guide both for individualsand for couples stuck in the tragic patterns of emotionalabuse." -Marti Loring, Ph.D., author of Emotional Abuse and coeditor of The Journal of Emotional Abuse "This groundbreaking book succeeds in helping people stop emotionalabuse by focusing on both the abuser and the abused and showingeach party what emotional abuse is, how it affects therelationship, and how to stop it. Its unique focus on the dynamicrelationship makes it more likely that each person will grasp thetools for change and really use them." -Randi Kreger, author of The Stop Walking on Eggshells Workbook and owner of BPDCentral.com The number of people who become involved with partners who abusethem emotionally and/or who are emotionally abusive themselves isphenomenal, and yet emotional abuse is the least understood form ofabuse. In this breakthrough book, Beverly Engel, one of the world'sleading experts on the subject, shows us what it is and what to doabout it. Whether you suspect you are being emotionally abused, fear that youmight be emotionally abusing your partner, or think that both youand your partner are emotionally abusing each other, this book isfor you. The Emotionally Abusive Relationship will tell you how toidentify emotional abuse and how to find the roots of yourbehavior. Combining dramatic personal stories with action steps toheal, Engel provides prescriptive strategies that will allow youand your partner to work together to stop bringing out the worst ineach other and stop the abuse. By teaching those who are being emotionally abused how to helpthemselves and those who are being emotionally abusive how to stopabusing, The Emotionally Abusive Relationship offers the expertguidance and support you need.

Identifying Emotional And Psychological Abuse: A Guide For Childcare Professionals

A Guide for Childcare Professionals

The principal objectives of this book are to enable childcare workers to understand and deal more effectively with cases of emotional and psychological abuse. The concepts of emotional development, emotional abuse, psychological development, and psychological abuse are fully explored and clearly defined, within the contexts of: Existing literature and research Childcare legislation and practice Child abuse enquiry reports, in particular that of Victoria Climbi The book identifies emotional and psychological development and abuse in specific age categories, 0-4, 5-12, and adolescence. Case studies and vignettes are used to highlight normal development and abusive situations. Comprehensive frameworks which are easily applicable to current practice, are provided, enabling workers to observe and accurately assess the quality of emotional and psychological life of children. Identifying Emotional and Psychological Abuse is key reading for health and social care professionals, as well as students with an interest in child protection.

Signs of Emotional Abuse

How to Recognize the Patterns of Narcissism, Manipulation, and Control in Your Love Relationship

Do you know the signs of emotional abuse in a relationship? Do you wonder if your partner's behavior is acceptable or normal? You may not have a black eye. You haven't been pushed or slapped. You haven't had to call the police. But something feels very, very wrong in your intimate relationship. You just can't put your finger on it. Victims of emotional abuse are often confused about their partner's behaviors. "Is this really abuse?" "Could it be my fault?" "Maybe it will change." Your partner has a way of reinforcing your self-doubt, turning the tables on you to make you feel crazy, selfish, and unlovable. DOWNLOAD::Signs of Emotional Abuse: How to Recognize the Patterns of Narcissism, Manipulation, and Control in Your Love Relationship Emotional abuse may be hard to identify and understand, but it's as devastating to a relationship as physical abuse is. It can damage your self-esteem, sense of identify, and even your mental health. Your partner might use mind games, control, verbal abuse, and other narcissistic traits to keep you off balance and afraid. He or she wants to keep you in a state of confusion and anxiety so you won't speak up or take control of your life. The first step toward improving your situation is knowing what you're dealing with. Once you recognize the signs of emotional abuse, you can create new boundaries and responses to your partner's behavior and make informed decisions about your life moving forward. Bestselling author Barrie Davenport will clear up the confusion about whether or not your partner's behavior is really abuse. In Signs of Emotional Abuse, you'll learn: 9 common patterns of emotional abuse 125 specific emotionally abusive behaviors7 critical questions to ask yourself about your abusive partner The next steps after you identify emotional abuse by your partner The best support resources to help you move forward Signs of Emotional Abuse will help you identify the covert tactics used by emotional abusers to help you quickly recognize them in your daily life. Would You Like To Know More? Gain clarity about your relationship so you can begin to take back control of your life! Scroll to the top of the page and select the buy now button.

Restoring My Soul

A Workbook for Finding and Living the Authentic Self

As infants who only understood oneness with the mother, we were surrounded by people, attitudes, traumas, relationship dynamics and all manner of parental projections with which we identified. We, therefore, hung our name tags on our parents' old unresolved and projected "stuff" in certain prescribed ways that formed a mask and a costume meant especially for us. Though we were mistaken in donning the mask and costume laid out for us, this mistake kept us attached to our caregivers, and/or helped us survive sometimes horrendous childhoods. But our survival technique has now become the albatross around our necks, while we walk the planks laid out for us by the roles we play. Do we imagine that our problems are really the result of some external force? Again, we are mistaken. Most of the problems that we have today have come about as a result of the role we play, its script and the choices we have made out of that identity. The solution lies in finding the Authentic Self. And yet, our world teaches us that finding the Authentic Self is, at best, a well-guarded secret passage of mythical proportions, and at worst, wasted time and effort, for it simply cannot be done. If we believe that, we are mistaken yet again. Not only is it possible to find and begin to live out of our authenticity, but it is the most hopeful journey we will ever take. It offers us the potential of a lasting peace, and yes, even joy. Working the pages of this book offers a practical yet deeply spiritual guide to finding and living the Authentic Self.

The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse

Recognizing and Escaping Spiritual Manipulation and False Spiritual Authority Within the Church

In a breakthrough book first published in 1991, the authors address the dynamics in churches that can ensnare people in legalism, guilt, and begrudging service, keeping them from the grace and joy of God's kingdom.Written for both those who feel abused and those who may be causing it, The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse shows how people get hooked into abusive systems, the impact of controlling leadership on a congregation, and how the abused believer can find rest and recovery.

Halton Regional Police Service - Elder Abuse Enquiries / Reporting - Oakville - Headquarters

Working in partnership with community service agencies, the HRPS' Elder Services Unit responds and assists seniors and their families in a number of key areas, including:

* issues of neglect
* financial abuse
* physical and/or psychological mistreatment

To deter and prevent the perpetuation of crime against seniors living and working in the community, the Halton Regional Police Service Elder Services Unit offers a series of topical presentations to older adults, their families and service providers.

HRPS' Elder Services Unit consists of three Seniors Crime Investigators, an Elder Services Coordinator, District Community Response Officers and the Victim Services Unit.

Catholic Family Services of Hamilton - Elder Abuse / Neglect

Provides intensive case coordination with an in-depth, personalized, flexible and creative approach. Specializes in elder abuse, including physical, psychological/verbal, financial, neglect or self-neglect. Service is free and confidential.

McMaster Children's Hospital - Child Advocacy and Assessment Program (CAAP) - Ron Joyce Children's Health Centre, Level 4

Offers assessment and consultation services, including:

* Child maltreatment assessment and impact of maltreatment assessment
* Parenting capacity assessment
* Intervention services (psychoeducation, counselling, treatment, etc.) for children and their parents/caregivers where a child has experienced some form of maltreatment (sexual, physical, emotional abuse, or neglect)
* Educational services

Halton Regional Police Service - Elder Abuse Enquiries / Reporting - Oakville - Headquarters

Working in partnership with community service agencies, the HRPS' Elder Services Unit responds and assists seniors and their families in a number of key areas, including:

* issues of neglect
* financial abuse
* physical and/or psychological mistreatment

To deter and prevent the perpetuation of crime against seniors living and working in the community, the Halton Regional Police Service Elder Services Unit offers a series of topical presentations to older adults, their families and service providers.

HRPS' Elder Services Unit consists of three Seniors Crime Investigators, an Elder Services Coordinator, District Community Response Officers and the Victim Services Unit.

Halton Regional Police Service - Elder Abuse Enquiries / Reporting - Oakville - Headquarters

Working in partnership with community service agencies, the HRPS' Elder Services Unit responds and assists seniors and their families in a number of key areas, including:

* issues of neglect
* financial abuse
* physical and/or psychological mistreatment

To deter and prevent the perpetuation of crime against seniors living and working in the community, the Halton Regional Police Service Elder Services Unit offers a series of topical presentations to older adults, their families and service providers.

HRPS' Elder Services Unit consists of three Seniors Crime Investigators, an Elder Services Coordinator, District Community Response Officers and the Victim Services Unit.

Thrive Counselling - Thrive Counselling, Burlington Head Office - Burlington Head Office

Major services:
* Violence Against Women Program
* Caring Dads
* individual, couple and family counselling
* Employee Assistance Program
* educational and counselling groups available in certain locations only if demand necessitates
* Assessment Referral for Abused Women (individual assessment appointments, individual counselling, education/support groups, counselling groups for women, counselling groups for children who have witnessed abuse, developing healthy relationships)

Free Walk-In Counselling Clinic:
* now available at this office
* Thursdays 1 pm-7:30 pm
* no appointment or referral required

Branch offices:
* Oakville
* Milton
* North Halton

Halton Regional Police Service - Elder Abuse Enquiries / Reporting - Oakville - Headquarters

Working in partnership with community service agencies, the HRPS' Elder Services Unit responds and assists seniors and their families in a number of key areas, including:

* issues of neglect
* financial abuse
* physical and/or psychological mistreatment

To deter and prevent the perpetuation of crime against seniors living and working in the community, the Halton Regional Police Service Elder Services Unit offers a series of topical presentations to older adults, their families and service providers.

HRPS' Elder Services Unit consists of three Seniors Crime Investigators, an Elder Services Coordinator, District Community Response Officers and the Victim Services Unit.

Catholic Family Services of Hamilton - Woman Abuse Program

Offers trauma informed support to women and children who have been exposed to abuse, violence and/or trauma within a non-judgmental, inclusive environment in which they can increase their knowledge and understanding of woman abuse, and explore the options, resources and supports available.

Services offered:
Woman Abuse Counselling
Children's Counselling
Partner Assault Response (PAR)
Learning Effective Anti-Violence in Families (LEAF)

Catholic Family Services of Hamilton - Elder Abuse / Neglect

Provides intensive case coordination with an in-depth, personalized, flexible and creative approach. Specializes in elder abuse, including physical, psychological/verbal, financial, neglect or self-neglect. Service is free and confidential.

Interval House of Hamilton - Flamborough Women's Resource Centre - Waterdown - 17 Main St

Provides support services for women including information and referrals, individual counselling, legal advocacy and support, women's groups, transitional support for abuse, employment counseling, and peer support.

Catholic Family Services of Hamilton - Elder Abuse / Neglect

Provides intensive case coordination with an in-depth, personalized, flexible and creative approach. Specializes in elder abuse, including physical, psychological/verbal, financial, neglect or self-neglect. Service is free and confidential.

Women's Centre of Halton (The) - One-on-one Support Services - Oakville

One-on-one support services include:

Mental health advocate:
* for women struggling with depression, anxiety or other undiagnosed mental health challenges and are in need of mental health supports

Drop-in support:
* open to all women who may be going through a difficult time and are facing challenges in their everyday life
* peer supporters provide one-on-one support by phone, email or in person

Abuse/crisis counselling:
* one-on-one counselling for women dealing with the effects of abuse
* women will receive emotional support and guidance throughout the healing process with a focus on concrete plans for future safety

Life skills coaching:
* women dealing with low self-esteem can receive up to eight personalized life coaching sessions
* learn skills to find empowerment and boost self-esteem

Legal clinic:
* volunteer lawyers provide a free half hour legal advice session

Income tax clinic:
* a drop-in first come, first served basis
* tax preparation for low income women that includes advice on rebates and benefits including the Canada Child Tax Benefit and health care benefits
* call or visit for financial eligibility
* clinics run from the end of February to the end of March

* counselling services offered in various languages, call ahead