Recently, your partner accused you of abuse. You never put your hands on your significant other, so where did such accusations come from?
The Office on Women’s Health explores verbal and emotional abuse. Educate yourself on different forms of domestic violence so you know how to structure your legal defense.
Signs of verbal and emotional abuse
Common indications of verbal and emotional abuse include one partner always accusing the other of infidelity, physically restricting the other person from seeing family and friends, embarrassing the other partner in public, demanding sensitive passwords and passcodes and threatening the other partner or threatening self-harm. Another example of emotional and verbal abuse is controlling how a romantic partner spends her or his money.
Origins of verbal and emotional abuse
Non-physical domestic violence may settle into a relationship over time, slowly replacing expected romantic behavior. A person in an abusive relationship may feel isolated or strongly connected to the partner accused of abuse. When non-physical violence appears, it may catch the person on the receiving end off-guard, which may lead to confusion and questioning whether abuse took place.
Impact of verbal and emotional abuse
A person dealing with emotional and verbal abuse may experience guilt or shame, or the individual may experience a loss of agency. The pressure to restore balance and peace in the relationship may make the partner experiencing abuse feel stressed. Further, psychological abuse could make one partner constantly afraid of angering the other. The fear and stress may make the person experiencing abuse shift her or his personality, habits and behaviors to accommodate the partner accused of abusive behavior.