Why is it important to for people to seek help after emotional or psychological abuse?
When people hear about domestic abuse, most think of physical abuse. Some will even minimize emotional or psychological abuse by saying things like “at least he/she isn’t hitting you”. However, the impact of emotional and psychological abuse should not be downplayed. Numerous studies report this type of abuse can have long-term effects on your mental health. Survivors of emotional and psychological abuse often experience PTSD, depression, low-self esteem, and may have thoughts of suicide.
How do I know if it really is abuse?
Sometimes people question if what they are experiencing is abuse. Perhaps this is because they don’t want to believe they are being abused or because others have tried to convince them (perhaps the abuser) that what they are experiencing is “normal” within a relationship.
You may want to ask yourself the following questions:
- Does your partner make you feel humiliated or ashamed?
- Does he/she tell you what you can or cannot do?
- Do you feel like your partner isolates you from your friends/family?
- Does your partner talk down to you or “bad-mouth” you in public?
- Are you denied access to money, food, or other basic necessities?
- Does your partner try to convince you that you are “crazy” or making things up?
- Does your partner stalk you?
You are not alone?
Realizing you are in an abusive relationship can be very frightening and make you feel like no one understands. You may even be tempted to blame yourself for what is happening. However, many people experience psychologically aggressive behavior by intimate partners, in fact, about 48% of women and men report this experience! Additionally, 95% of men that physically abuse their partners also abuse them psychologically. Many people you know may have even experienced the same thing, but are just afraid to talk about it.
Click here for more facts about Domestic Violence and Psychological Abuse
Help is available?
Your safety is incredibly important as you decide to take the steps to stop the abuse. You may choose to call the Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE(7233) or go to Domesticshelters.org as a first step. There are also treatment options to help you heal and take the steps needed to move forward. Stonebriar Counseling Associates are here to help – contact us today and inquire about our counseling services.