Emotional abuse is one of the most difficult types of abuse to be diagnosed and recognized because the marks this abuse leaves on a person are often not physical, but mental scaring. Emotional abuse is a behaviour used to control and subjugate another individual. It includes, but is not limited to: verbal abuse, manipulation, put-downs, constant criticism and intimidation.
Emotional abuse has often been called "brainwashing" because of the way it wears down the victims confidence, self-worth, and causes them to question their self-concept and perception. Emotional abuse affects the very core of who a person is and its consequences can leave a person scared much longer than those of physical scaring.
Emotional abuse is not easy to spot in the eyes of an outsider or even by the person being abused. Many people who are experiencing this form of abuse are ignorant to the fact that they are in fact being abused, this may be because the abuser will work hard to manipulate the victim into thinking this is normal or deserved behaviour through put-down or intimidation. It is important that individuals are educated in all forms of abuse so they can recognize the signs, and prevent its prevalence.
If you or someone you know suspect or are experiencing emotional abuse, please visit Yes ICAN's anonymous support group online. These support groups are facilitated by trained individuals and are 100% free of charge. The link below provides the schedule and topic for these support groups. Please note that except for the female and male groups, each topic is merely a suggestion.
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