Emotional abuse that consists of a villain and a victim is quite a broad spectrum for debate”, says Anitha Raja, clinical psychologist of Amrita Hospital, Kochi. “Milder and temporary forms of emotional abuse can be observed in daily life like road rage or being roughed up or knocked around in a crowd. But it becomes a problem when the abuse is long standing, has an ulterior motive or targeted on a single person. Aged parents, needy relatives are often mistreated or insulted.”