Many abusers will humiliate or embarrass their partners in public as a method of control to “prove” that only the abuser can love them.A victim of emotional abuse may start to blame themselves for the abuser’s behavior and come to believe what the abuser says.Emotional abuse can happen to any one and it may eventually escalate to physical abuse if it isn’t stopped. Abusers know that they can control you emotionally because no one wants to admit that someone else has treated them so poorly. Simply text “Love Is” to 77054 for confidential help. If you determine that these warning signs are part of your relationship, remember: you are not alone. Remember, if the person you love is making you feel bad about yourself then he/she really doesn’t love you. You should feel free to express who you really are with your partner. For confidential help, please call the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: 1-866-331-9474.You shouldn’t feel that you need to fix yourself in order to meet your partner’s standard. Recognize the signs of dating abuse and get help if your relationship exhibits any of these characteristics. loveisrespect.org, a collaboration of Break the Cycle and the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline, can now answer your questions and concerns via text message.Yes, your partner can have his/her own opinions, but when they question your ideas to the point of insult or humiliation, it becomes emotional abuse.It doesn’t matter if the verbal abuse takes place in front of others or not.
After all, if the person who loves you thinks you’re stupid then it must be true.
NOTE: We are re-posting this article on Warning Signs – Insults You/Calls You Names to allow you to read some of the excellent comments we’ve received from those who are or have been in an abusive relationship.
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More than half of all young women we surveyed have experienced abusive behavior in a relationship.
That means someone you know is probably a victim -- and "simply saying, 'I just want to be there for you; how can I help?D., associate professor of psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.