When people hear the words domestic violence and abuse, the typical assumption is that someone is being physically harmed. While sadly in many cases this is true, there is another form of abuse which often goes unnoticed – emotional abuse.
This happens when the abuser uses psychological tactics to cause harm and upset, often breaking down the self-esteem of the victim. This leads the victim to believe they can’t leave the relationship, and they become trapped in a cycle of abuse.
This form of domestic violence often centres around control. The abuser will try to gain control within the relationship and may even isolate the victim from their friends and family. Forcing the victim to comply with their wishes, this form of abuse can lead victims to believe they ‘deserve’ what is happening to them. For this reason it can be hard for people to recognise that they’re in an abusive relationship.
So, how do you know if your relationship is...