WTF is self-love?
Emotional abuse can make you feel like there is no way out or that without your partner you're nothing. It chips away at your feelings of self-worth, independence and confidence.
Some people might see emotionally abusive behaviours as a joke or a way of showing love.
Emotional abuse is not love and it's not ok.
You are worthy of a loving, respectful and safe relationship - always.
So, what are the warning signs?
The Warning Signs
Our research shows that emotional abuse is almost, always, how a physically abusive relationship begins. The aim of an abuser is to chip away at a sense of self-worth and independence allowing them to gain control. Once control is gained it can become very difficult to leave and the escalation of abuse may feel like a surprise.
No one should wait for things to 'get physical' before taking them seriously.
Emotional abuse is a strong enough reason to leave a relationship or seek help.
You do have the right to intervene if you suspect someone may be experiencing emotional abuse.
Begin by having a conversation. Here are some tips to help you get started: