Let me say this out loud - Mental Abuse is STILL Abuse. A person does not have to hit you or hurt you physically in order for it to constitute as abuse.
Someone who is emotionally abusive often feels worthless themselves, and uses their relationships to create a feeling of personal power and control over someone else.
Relationships should be about respect, and if you are being mistreated emotionally, it is wrong, and the relationship needs to end ASAP. Emotional abuse can take on many shapes and you may be in an emotionally abusive relationship if your partner:
- Calls you names, insults you, or constantly criticizes you
- Doesn't trust you, or acts jealous or possessive
- Tries to isolate you from your family or friends
- Doesn't want you to work, get an education, or do the things that you love
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An emotionally abusive partner may also:
- Control finances, or refuse to share money
- Make all the decisions
- Punish you by withdrawing love or affection
- Expect you to ask permission
- Threaten to hurt you, your children, your family, your friends, or your pets
- Humiliate or embarrass you in any way
Dear's Advice: If even one of these sounds familiar to you or to someone you know, you can get more information or support by calling the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.