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Non-physical abuse can be hard to identify

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Determining if you are in a non-physically abusive relationship can be confusing. Physical abuse is very clear. We know when we are being threatened with bodily harm. Physical intimidation is obvious. Punching of walls, smashing of personal items, kicking over furniture are all overt methods to scare someone. Non-physical abuse can be very covert. The methods used for abuse of this nature can leave the victim wondering “is this abuse?” or perhaps she just feels something is wrong and can’t put a name to it.
Non-physical abuse is as follows:
Verbal abuse
Emotional abuse
• Psychological abuse
• Financial abuse
• Spiritual abuse
• Social abuse
An abuser will use one of these styles of abuse as his main tactic. It’s not uncommon for an abuser to switch styles intermittently. It works to further confuse the victim. They may especially switch styles if their main tactic has been exposed.
Educating yourself about the different styles of non-physical abuse will help you to determine if you are in an abusive relationship. Often when a victim starts to educate herself and identifies her abusers style she will confront the abuser about his behavior in hopes that he will stop. It’s important to remember that abuse is about control and the abuser getting his needs met above all else. Generally he is not interested in self-discovery or self-improvement. Educating yourself is important so that you can decide in what way you will deal with your situation. However, it probably won’t serve as a means to get the abuser to stop his behavior.

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