Emotional Abuse is Family Violence

Emotional Abuse Signs and Symptoms

  • Yelling or swearing
  • Name calling, insults, mocking
  • Threats, Intimidation
  • Ignoring and/or excluding
  • Isolating
  • Humiliating
  • Denial of abuse, blaming the victim

Examples of Emotional Abuse

  • Threats of violence or abandonment
  • Intentionally starting fights or arguments
  • Making someone believe they will not be provided for
  • Lying
  • Making derogatory or slanderous statements
  • Socially isolating someone, not letting them visit or have visitors
  • Withholding important information
  • Demeaning someone
  • Excessively criticizing
  • Being disrespectful
  • Treating someone like a servant or a child

Some people feel that they are not being abused because they are not being attacked physically. Attempts to control, scare, intimidate and isolate you can be just as damaging to your physical health as physical abuse.

Signs of Emotional Abuse in a Relationship

  • Monitors what you are doing at all times
  • Unfairly accuses you of being unfaithful
  • Prevents or discourages you from seeing your friends and family
  • Tries to stop you from going to work or school
  • Gets angry in a way that is frightening to you
  • Controls how you spend money
  • Humiliates you in front of others
  • Threatens to hurt you or someone you care about physically
  • Threatens to harm themselves to get their own way
  • Decides things for you, like what you wear, or what you eatAt safe steps

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This information was published by American National Domestic Violence Project.

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