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Emotional abuse in a marriage is such a covert form of domestic violence and abuse that many people aren’t able to recognize they are a victim. A spouse may have a feeling that something is wrong. They may feel stressed out; a sense of depression; anxiety but they can’t quite identify what is causing those feelings.

While emotional abuse differs from physical abuse, the end result is the same…a spouse becomes fearful of their partner and begins to change their behaviors to keep their partner happy

Below are some tactics an emotional abuser will use:

  • Uses the children to gain control by undermining the other parent’s authority or threatening to leave and take the children.
  • Make all major decisions such as where to live, how to furnish the home and what type of automobile to drive.
  • Constantly criticize the spouses weight, their looks, they way they dress.
  • If the spouse does not give into the control they are threatened, harassed, punished and intimidated by the abuser.
  • Provides positive motivation for continued compliance.

http://divorcesupport.about.com/od/abusiverelationships/f/emotional_abuse.htm

http://www.helpguide.org/mental/domestic_violence_abuse_types_signs_causes_effects.htm

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