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.
What are the signs?
- Often Can’t Name or Talk About The Problem
– Blames herself or himself
– Makes excuses for the abusive partner’s behaviour
– Believes the partner’s actions are signs of love
- May Loose Confidence Or Feel Afraid
– Questions her or his own perceptions or feelings
– Often tries to explain what she or he meant
– Feels depressed, stressed, or isolated
– Spends less and less time with other people or doing activities
– Changes how she or he acts to avoid making the partner angry
– Can experience chronic headaches, fatigue, eating disorders, and alcohol and/or drug abuse
– Experiences a loss of self respect and feelings of self worth
– May give up on school, job or other life goal.
Hope this helps is developing some awareness of the abuse which is so common that it is oftentimes considered a normal part of a relationship.