- Emotional Abuse - This particular definition comes from the book Healing Your Emotional Self by Beverly Engel. She's not a Christian writer, but her words have really made a lot of sense to me in this particular book. Emotional abuse is a pattern of behavior occurring on a continuous basis over time. It is a pattern of behavior that attacks a child's emotional development and sense of self worth and can include verbal abuse, placing excessive or unreasonable demands on a child that are beyond his or her capabilities, being overly controlling, emotionally smothering a child, and/or rejection or emotionally abandoning a child. (Healing Your Emotional Self by Beverly Engel p. 17)
- Emotional smothering - includes being overprotective or unwilling to allow the child to create a separate life from her parents. (Healing Your Emotional Self by Beverly Engel p. 17)
- Verbal abuse - includes constant criticism, ridiculing, blaming, belittling, insulting, rejecting and inappropriate teasing. (Healing Your Emotional Self by Beverly Engel p. 17)
- Physical neglect - failure on the part of a parent or caregiver to provide for basic physical needs including food, water, shelter, attention to hygiene, medical needs or adequate supervision (Healing Your Emotional Self by Beverly Engel p. 18)
- Emotional neglect - failure to provide the nuturing and positive support necessary for a child's emotional and psychological growth and development (love, support, guidance, inattention to the child) (Healing Your Emotional Self by Beverly Engel, p. 18)
- Physical child abuse - physical injury inflicted upon the child with cruel and/or malicious intent. Physical abuse can be the result of punching, beating, kicking, biting, burning, shaking, or otherwise harming a child physically. (http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=8360)
- Sexual abuse - includes fondling a child's genitals, intercourse, incest, rape, sodomy, exhibitionism, and commercial exploitation through prostitution or the production of pornographic materials. (http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=8376)
We're talking abuse here. Not day to day or once in a while parental mistakes. These are things that are very damaging to a child's soul/body/mind. In no way do I want to be giving a parent who is trying their best a place to be slandered, but the child who either exists or has existed in you a place to become free.