1. Limiting a person’s freedom to engage in normal association with others (Alienation)
  2. May involve physical confinement
  3. Preventing a person from participating in decisions about their own life
  4. Locking a person in a room alone
  5. Disallowing a person to use their own money or to make financial decisions
  6. Withholding or disrupting contact with loved ones/friends
  7. Depriving a person of mobility aids, transport, and healthy living.
  8. A state of separation between persons or groups
  9. Setting something apart from others
  10. A feeling of being disliked and alone
  11. Social Separation (Alienation)

Isolation Includes:

  • Leaving someone alone, uncared for or unattended for long periods of time (Abandonment)
  • Not permitting someone to interact with others or maintain friendships
  • Keeping someone from appropriate social and emotional stimulation
  • Requiring someone to stay indoors/in their room or away from others
  • Keeping someone from interacting with friends and activities he/she enjoys
  • Not permitting someone to participate in social activities, parties or group/family events
  • Excessive or extreme punishment for typical behaviors
  • Encouraging someone to reject friends or social contact/invitations

Abusers will often alienate (isolate) their victim from family, friends, activities, etc…Someone who abuses a child through isolation may not allow the child to engage in appropriate activities with his or her peers; may keep a baby in his or her room, unexposed to stimulation or may prevent teenagers from participating in extracurricular activities. Requiring a child to stay in his or her room from the time school lets out until the next morning, restricting eating, or forcing a child to isolation or seclusion by keeping her away from family and friends can be destructive and considered emotional abuse depending on the circumstances and severity.

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