Emotional abuse involves constantly embarrassing, criticizing, or putting you down verbally. An abuser will take advantage of your emotional state in order to control you, your mind, and eventually tear down how you feel about yourself. If you are suffering from emotional abuse over time you may begin to believe you are worthless, but you are not. It is important to understand that this is another form of abuse that is used to control you.
- Emotional abuse can be just as bad as physical abuse and is a way for someone to break down your self-worth and self-esteem.
- It involves verbal yelling, humiliation, insults and constant put downs, often in front of others.
- Emotional abuse involves intimidating you, threatening you, and talking you into something you do not want to do.
- It involves controlling your money, credit cards, or savings.
What you can do …
- Remind yourself that it is not your fault.
- Make your friends, family, or co-workers aware of what is going on so that you may build a strong support system.
- Document incidents and feelings in a journal in order to process your emotions.
- Practice self care: Make sure you are eating, sleeping and maintaining a sense of daily routine in order to stay grounded.
- Obtain counseling services to give you support, guidance and resources.
- Consider joining a local support group.
- Call 911 if you are in a dangerous situation with your abuser.
- Make a Safety Plan
- Decide where you will go and who you will call if you find yourself in a dangerous situation.
- Plan how you will leave your home if you are in danger.
- Pack a bag with your identification and extra clothes in case you have to escape a dangerous situation quickly.