Domestic Violence is More than Physical Violence
Emotional (or psychological) abuse involves any verbal or non-verbal behavior that negatively impacts another person's emotional or psychological well-being. Often, emotional abuse involves:
- Continual criticism, name-calling, and shouting.
- Insults and the alienation of friends and family.
- Humiliation in public and/or private places.
- Preventing work, controlling finances, and doing all the decision-making.
- Refusal to work for or share money.
- Taking car keys, money, or other personal property without permission.
- Regular threats of leaving or forcing you to leave.
- Threats of kidnapping children and/or killing family pets.
- Manipulation using lies and contradictions.
- Behaving in threatening manners, including body language and facial expressions.
- Refusal (or insistence on being the only person) to socialize with you.
- Ignores your feelings, thoughts, or statements.
- Threatening to harm themselves or commit suicide.
Am I Emotionally or Verbally Abused?
People who are abused often:
- Wonder if they are 'crazy'.
- Are afraid to voice feelings or opinions.
- Are afraid of catching their partner in 'a bad mood'.
- Fear socializing and being with other people.
- Have feelings of powerlessness, worthlessness, and depression.
- Notice negative changes to the behavior of children in the home. (i.e. withdrawn, aggressive, plummeting grades, moodiness, etc.)
- Feel trapped in their home, situation, or relationships.