Emotional abuse does not always lead to physical violence, however almost all physical or social violence does include emotional abuse. It is powerful tool used by one person to maintain a feeling of power and control over another person.
This type of abuse is intended to install negative feelings such as shame, embarrassment, guilt and fear. It can include belittling or humiliating a partner in public or in private, isolation, name-calling, making a partner feel ashamed, controlling the money, criticism, threats to harm the partner/children/pets, and the silent treatment.
Emotional abuse is often hard to recognise. The victim may not even realise it is happening because the abuse is often disguised as “love” or a way of “teaching them to be a better person”. This can make it difficult to take steps to stop the abuse. Thee longer emotional abuse continues, the more harmful it can be.
What are the signs?
1. Wants All The Control
– Makes all the decisions
– Acts very possessive
– Needs to win every argument
– Amy demand sex after an argument to “make up”
2. Discounts Feelings and Views
– Puts down, makes fun of or embarrasses the abused power
– Says the partners opinions are “stupid”
– Is jealous or critical of the partner’s friends and family
– Says the partner is “too sensitive” if she or he complains
3. Confused and Frightens the Partner
– Blames the partner or others for his or her anger.
– May be tender once moment and mad the next
– Uses threats or physical force
– May be reckless with alcohol, other drugs, or driving
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