Document every incident. Keep a journal and record the date, time, location, description of the incident, circumstances leading up to it and names of any witnesses present. To prove verbal or emotional abuse you need to be able to establish an on-going, consistent pattern of behavior over a period of time.
Make recordings of abusive phone calls. Save any voicemails, emails, memos, notes or other physical documentation of abusive behavior.
Ask witnesses to the abuse to note their observations. Keep this information with your journal documenting the abusive behavior. This is particularly helpful in workplace abuse cases.
Speak to someone about the verbal and emotional abuse. Adults can talk to a doctor, lawyer, counselor or faith leader. Children should be encouraged to speak to a teacher, coach, activity leader or trusted family friend. In a workplace, talk to your boss or a human resources professional. Give the individual permission to share your information if they are contacted by the police.
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