Psychological abuse is sometimes also called ‘emotional abuse’. It can be defined as the systematic use of manipulation through nonphysical acts against an intimate partner, child, or dependent adult. These actions can include threatening the physical health of the victim-survivor or the victim’s loved ones, purposely controlling the victim’s freedom, and/or acting to undermine or isolate the victim. Psychological abuse can occur prior to physical, sexual, or other abuses. However, it can also happen at the same time.