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.

 

How do I help a friend? 

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: