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NSPCC: Emotional abuse 'hugely damaging'

The number of child emotional abuse cases referred to police and children's services by the NSPCC has risen by 47% in a year, the charity has said.

Its helpline received about 8,000 calls in 2013-14 about such non-physical cruelty, and 5,354 were thought serious enough to merit further inquires.

Speaking to the BBC, Peter Wanless, chief executive of the NSPCC said that emotional abuse could be "hugely damaging" and urged people to report any concerns about potential victims.

  • 30 May 2014
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