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Emotional Abuse

Emotional or psychological abuse is any behavior, verbal or non-verbal, that your partner does to control you and/or damage your emotional well-being.

Some examples of emotional abuse:

• Name-calling and mocking, especially when targeting very sensitive issues
• Intimidating you when they are upset
• Yelling in your face or positioning their body in a menacing way
• Making humiliating remarks or gestures
• Manipulating your children
• Telling you what to do and/or where you can and cannot go
• Placing little value on what you say
• Interrupting, changing topics, not listening or responding, and twisting your words
• Putting you down in front of other people
• Saying negative things about your friends and family
• Preventing or making it difficult for you to see friends or relatives
• Cheating or being overly jealous
• Shifting responsibility for abusive behavior by blaming others or saying you caused it
• Monitoring your phone calls, texts, car and computer use