What type of lawsuit can I bring against an emotionally abusive ex-boyfriend?
Question Details: I was involved in a traumatic, abusive relationship for 7 months 7 years ago. Due to the relationship, I became severely mentally ill and am still ill and receiving Social Security disability. I've been unable to work full-time for 16 years. Would I be able to file a lawsuit, for either mental anguish lawsuit or intentional infliction of emotional distress against my abuser? Could I at least file a report with the local police department?
There is no lawsuit (or charges) for emotion abuse which is not the result of or coupled with physical abuse or harm or some other inherently illegal behavior (e.g. extortion). That is because the law does not regulate how one person interacts with or treats another person in the absence of physical harm or criminal acts. The law presumes that if a person is in a bad relationship, being treated badly by, etc. another person, he or she, as a free adult, will leave and not interact with that person any longer; if the person refuses to leave and continues to voluntarily (and in the law's eyes, if not held there by illegal threats of violence, etc., it is voluntary to stay) remain in assocation with that other person, he or she cannot later sue for consequences of his or her voluntarily choice an actions.