Here you can read and compare how far we have come with education even the courts on mental cruelty (AKA: vebal abuse, emotional abuse, domestic abuse). It used to be HARD to get anyone to listen:
By way of example, and jokingly. I have often stated that, in the old days, you almost had to prove that he or she threw a rat in the other's soup on a regular basis in order to inflict emotional pain. Today, it might be enough to show that the the wrongdoer becomes argumentative and unreasonably loud and insulting on a regular basis, if the soup is served a little late.Check it out! Makes ya feel good.