Emotional abuse can be very widely defined and at least to some extent is a component of most cases that involve the physical and/or sexual abuse of a child. It can, however, be a wider idea and take many forms. It could, for example, involve neglect or perhaps a pattern of criticism, it may also arise where a child is prevented from being around people or having friends.
Civil courts will generally consider the emotional and psychological impact of abuse by referring to expert medical evidence usually prepared by a Psychologist or Psychiatrist. Proving that the abuse happened though is a slightly different point.
Evidence can be gathered from a number of different sources. Direct evidence in the form of statements and testimony of the victim may be strong evidence that a court could consider. There may be evidence of abuse that can be proven by reference to various records including those held by social services or medical practitioners. On some occasions the abuse may have been seen and the evidence of witnesses can also play a role.
The evidence that may be available in a case can clearly vary greatly and it is fair to say that each may be very different. The stronger the evidence that may be available, the stronger, in principle, the chances are of successfully recovering compensation.
If you are considering approaching a solicitor for advice it can be helpful to think about these issues. Evidence can come from many sources and some of this can be very personal to the individual. Even so it is important that evidence, wherever it may come from, is preserved and protected as this can help deal with issues at an early stage and make sure that your case is put forward as fully as possible.
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