Mental, emotional and verbal abuse are types of domestic violence. Verbal abuse is offensive language and behaviors designed to humiliate and gain power over another person.
Our minds are powerful interpreters of body language, and the slightest movement can convey a threat or secret message to an abuser’s intended victim. It’s not important what bystanders hear, it’s how the victim interprets the words and actions conveyed by their abuser that matter. On HealthyPlace.com, I wrote:
Here are some examples of abusive statements and behaviors.
In most cases, if your abuser physically assaults you, then you also suffer from verbal, mental and emotional abuse. Your community resource counselors recognize “no bruise” abuse as domestic violence. Go to them and say, “Something’s wrong. I may not know how to explain it…” They’ll know what to do.
I used to see and hear verbal abuse almost every day! But before I knew it was abuse, I believed many of the things my husband said about and to me. I believed him. I also confused myself trying to figure out where I went wrong instead of recognizing that he was wrong.
I’ve realized that part of the reason I didn’t know I he abused me was because I didn’t have the vocabulary to describe what was happening to me. Discovering your abuser’s tactics is a first step to recognizing abuse as it occurs. After you recognize abuse, it’s easier to stop it (or at least stop participating in your own abuse!).
Abusers Use Verbal Abuse Techniques to Control You
Understanding verbal abuse techniques will help you more clearly define your experience and recognize verbal abuse as it’s happening so you can STOP IT by calling it what it is - ABUSE.
- Click to Learn the Types of Verbal Abuse
- Click to download the helpful worksheet Recognize Verbal Abuse.
Stories of Abuse
After you learn the types of verbal abuse, see if you can recognize them in our stories.
Videos Describing Abuse
I’ve created some videos describing my abusive marriage. You should check out my youtube channel here.