WHAT IS EMOTIONAL ABUSE?
Emotional abuse is a serious pattern of abusive behaviour that targets someones emotions to gain control over them.
This is a subtle form of abuse that leaves no physical marks behind. Emotional abuse chips away at a victims sense of self-worth and confidence leading them to question their worth, experiences and ability to find true love.
It’s important to know that abuse is not just physical. Many women who have experienced domestic abuse say that the impacts of emotional abuse last far longer than the physical kind. Emotional abuse is serious and we encourage you to speak up if you are witnessing or experiencing this kind of abuse. Not sure what it looks like? Read on for some common warning signs.
THE WARNING SIGNS
By recognising signs of emotional abuse, you may be able to help someone begin on the recovery journey—before their experiences get any worse. Emotional abuse may be harder to see than other kinds of abuse, but it is no less serious, and mental health damage can result. Here are some common warning signs to look out for:
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HOW EMOTIONAL ABUSE HAS AFFECTED OTHERS.
Emotional abuse doesn’t discriminate, it can happen to anyone. We spoke to multiple influential women to hear their stories of emotional abuse and how they found healing. Every single one of them says that learning to love themselves first has been key to their healing and finding a healthy relationship in future.