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What is Emotional Abuse and How Do You Escape an Abusive Relationship?

 Posted on January 22, 2019 in Divorce

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Abuse comes in various forms, and unfortunately, many people experience some form of abuse in a romantic relationship. The three most common forms of abuse are physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. While the definitions of physical and sexual abuse are fairly clear, emotional abuse can be difficult to detect.

Emotional abuse is classified as using a person’s emotions against them as a weapon of control. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, nearly half of women and men have experienced psychologically aggressive behavior by an intimate partner. Emotional abuse may not be easy to recognize, but it is one of the most common forms of abuse that occurs between partners and often leads to divorce.

Recognizing Signs of Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse often breeds from the insecurity of one partner. The abuser often does not realize their words and actions are abusive. This is because emotional abuse usually starts small and continues to escalate as time goes on. The following are common signs of emotional abuse:

  • Constant criticism, shaming, or belittling;
  • Name calling;
  • Punishments, threats of punishment, or withholding affection as punishment; and
  • Isolating their partner from their family and friends.

Advice for Emotional Abuse Victims

Everyone likes to think they would quickly exit an abusive relationship, but this is often not the case. Ending an abusive relationship, even if it is not physical, can be extremely difficult. For those who want to end their relationship, it is important to seek support from family and friends. Breaking up with an abusive partner is usually more difficult than normal breakups. The manipulation rooted in the relationship often remains intact after the split. Support groups are also a good resource. It can be helpful to speak with others who have shared similar experiences. 

Contact a DuPage County Divorce Attorney for Help

Every form of abuse, whether physical, sexual, or emotional, is scarring and can destroy a marriage. If you are in an abusive marriage and need divorce assistance, it is important to find an experienced divorce attorney who can help alleviate the legal stresses involved. Contact our Lombard, IL divorce attorneys at 630-426-0196.



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