Because it’s not that simple.
What usually happens involving crimes of deceit and betrayal is more about people who are being taken advantage of after they have been tricked into believing they can trust that person. Once this happens, the perpetrators can use various tactics, such as negligence, verbal abuse, physical abuse, or intimidation, to take it to another level or to maintain power and control over their victims as well as the situation that risks exposing them.
In other words, when we’re talking about abuse of any kind, it’s not a case of categorizing it as either emotional/psychological, physical, or verbal – the usual 3 forms of abuse – where Emotional Abuse is just about being yelled at and bullied. In order to gain power over anyone, it must start with someone tampering with your emotions psychologically before they can take advantage of you in other ways without your being aware that they are doing so and without your being able to stop them or even challenge them in order to protect yourself or to break free of them.
Ultimately, this means that Emotional Abuse is the foundation of all other types of abuse. As such, it’s been gravely understated in its significance pertaining to crimes of deceit and betrayal as well as being wrongfully labeled as being a form or “type” of abuse. It’s not. As such, based on the misnomer, looking for the wrong signs and clues have allowed crimes like Emotional Elder Abuse to become an epidemic that it is.