Social abuse is a form of abuse that cuts off or tries to cut off the victim from their social network, including their community, friends, or family. It also includes attempts to harm a victim's relationships or reputation, through acts such as humiliating the victim in public, spreading rumors, and otherwise manipulating the victim's image. Social abuse often results in some form of isolation, which removes the victim from any sense of social belongingness outside of relationships the abuser approves of.[1] It can be a kind of psychological abuse, emotional abuse or spiritual abuse. It may also involve attempts to monopolise the victim's skills and resources.[2] [3] [4]


  1. ^ Park, Sihyun; Jeon, Jaehee (18 May 2021). "Social Abuse in Intimate Partner Relationships: A Hybrid Concept Analysis". Trauma, Violence, & Abuse. 23 (5): 1599–1609. doi:10.1177/15248380211013140. ISSN 1524-8380. PMID 34000902. S2CID 234770098. Retrieved 22 September 2022.
  2. ^ "Social abuse". 1800respect. 1800 Respect, an organization funded by the Department of Social Services, Australian Government.
  3. ^ "Social abuse". National Domestic and Family Violence Bench Book, Australia.
  4. ^ "Recognising social abuse and where to seek help". 27 November 2020.

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