Terrorizing

  1. Instilling intense / overpowering fear
  2. Threatening or intimidating behaviors to evoke extreme fear in a person
  3. Placing or threatening to put someone in an unfit or dangerous environment
  4. Threatening to abandon a person
  5. Threatening to kill or use a deadly weapon on a person
  6. Flailing a deadly weapon
  7. Pinning a person down with or without a deadly weapon
  8. Using a deadly weapon on or near a person to create fear
  9. Forcing a person to watch violence perpetrated on people or pets he/she cares about
  10. Threatening to damage or actually damaging a person’s possessions
  11. Moving threateningly or menacingly toward someone as if to track them like prey
  12. An act that exploits or victimizes someone (treats them unfairly)
  13. Unpredictable, unreasonable or extreme reactions

Terrorizing Includes:

  • Excessive teasing, screaming, cursing, raging at a person
  • Verbal threats to harm someone or self
  • Hostility among family members
  • Inconsistent or unreasonable demands
  • Ridiculing or humiliating someone in front of others
  • Threatening to reveal personal or embarrassing information
  • A frightening aspect
  • Failure to provide care in a sensitive and responsive manner
  • Ignoring a person’s mental health needs
  • Ignoring a person’s attempt to interact
  • Failure to show a person affection
  • Treating someone as though they are an object, “a job to be done”
  • Sexual abuse

People who use threats, yelling and cursing are doing serious psychological damage to others. Singling out one person to criticize and punish or ridiculing him/her for displaying normal emotions is abusive. Threatening someone with harsh words, physical harm, and abandonment; or in extreme cases death, is unacceptable behavior. Even in jest, causing someone to be terrified by the use of threats and/or intimidating behavior is some of the worst emotional abuse. This includes witnessing, hearing or knowing that violence is taking place in the home.


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