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Verbal Abuse Laws

What is verbal abuse?

When a person makes a negative defining statement that is told to another person about the original person. If the abuser or person that makes the statement does not apologize and try to make a statement defining what they meant, then this could be considered verbal abuse. In a school typesetting, then a person may considered to be a bully if they verbally abuse other students. In most cases when a person is exposed to verbal abuse, then they may fall into a clinical depression. Although verbal abuse is the most frequently used forms of abuse, it is generally not taken as seriously as other forms of abuse. Forms of verbal abuse can be considered to be countering, withholding, discounting, abuse disguised as a joke, blocking or diverting, accusing or blaming, judging and criticizing, trivializing, undermining, threatening, name calling, chronic forgetting, ordering, denial of anger or abuse, or abusive anger. Read below where Experts have answered questions about the Verbal Abuse Laws.

In the state of Washington, can a person get a restraining order against another person for calling them “stupid”, “crazy” or “not a real man”?

In the state of Washington, if there is no threat of physical abuse, then the person generally would not qualify for a protection order. Since it is verbal abuse, then the person would not fit the states requirement of domestic violence. The state of Washington does have a type of order called an anti-harassment order that the person may be able to get that may keep the person from coming around to verbally abuse the person.

Would it be considered to be verbal abuse for a doctor to refer to one of their patients as a junkie to the public?

If the charges of the person being a junkie are false, then the person may be able to get a suit of verbal abuse. The person would need to prove that the doctor said the statements in an abusive manner. The person would need to satisfy the criteria then the person would need to also be able to prove that the statement is not true. If the person were to file a suit against the doctor, then they would need to be able to prove that the doctor’s statements were unfounded and false. If the doctor can prove that the statements were true, then the person would not be able to win their suit.

If a prisoner has been treated badly by the deputies and was verbally abused when they left to go to their work program, how can they stop the deputies from verbally abusing the inmates?

If the prisoner feels that they are being verbally abused, then they would need to talk to the warden about the deputies. If the inmate is the only one that the deputies talk to like that, then there is a case for discrimination, but if the deputies talk to all the inmates in the same way, then there may be no case for verbal abuse unless there is physical abuse that is going on.

If there is intimidation used in the workplace, would this be considered to be verbal abuse if the employees are afraid of losing their jobs and emotional safety?

In most cases when there is harassment in the workplace, then this is considered to be a crime. The employees that are victims of the harassment, then they may have a criminal case that they can press against the employer. The person would need to contact the state’s Department of Labor to find out what assistance, if any, they can provide. If more than one employee stands up and testifies to the harassment or verbal abuse, then the better chances of getting the employer charged.

Verbal abuse is a type of abuse that happens when a person is downgraded for whatever reason. When this happens, the person may feel lost and confused about what they can do or what is considered to be verbal abuse. When these concerns arise, then the person would need to contact an Expert to clear up any confusion that they may have regarding verbal abuse.

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