What is the difference between verbal and mental abuse

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Registered: 02-18-2013
What is the difference between verbal and mental abuse
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Fri, 04-25-2014 - 11:27am

Is there a difference between verbal and mental abuse? Can someone be verbally abused and that not be mental abuse?

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-02-2008

In my understanding, yes, there can be instances of verbal abuse without mental abuse.  

For example name calling and put downs are what I would consider as verbal abuse. 

The silent treatment or witholding affection I would consider to be more of the mental abuse.