What constitutes mental and emotional abuse of children?
by Anonymous (New York)
I have been ridiculed and put down daily by my mother. She calls me (mostly me but also my siblings) things such as worthless and stupid. She often puts us down and is overall detached from us. She has occasionally physically abused me and my older brother.
I'm currently 17 and am concerned for my last year living here and for my siblings who will live here for another 8 years. How much evidence is needed to determine if this is actually child abuse or not? I don't want to file a claim and have it get dismissed as then my mother will be more abusive. What can be done? Thank you.
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ANSWER for "What constitutes mental and emotional abuse of children?":
Anonymous (New York):
Psychological abuse by parental figures is to be taken very seriously. Psychological abuse, coupled with physical abuse may be enough for the State of New York to become involved.
The New York State Office of Children and Family Services, through its Bureau of Adult Services, is responsible for the oversight of Protective Services for Adults (PSA) and other adult services provided through the local departments of social services.
If you want to report the abuse to the proper authorities, contact:
New York Child Protective Services: 1-800-342-3720
You can also call the National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-4ACHILD (1-800-422-4453)
If the abuse is ongoing, and you have a fear of imminent bodily injury against you or your siblings, call 911.
Evidence needed to involve Child Protective Services is dependent upon each set of circumstances. If you would like Child Protective Services to become involved, contact them immediately.
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