verbal and emotional abuse

Mental, psychological and emotional abuse can be verbal or nonverbal. Verbal and nonverbal abuse often consist of more subtle actions or behaviors than physical abuse, including:

  • Threatening or intimidating to gain compliance
  • Yelling, screaming, name-calling, constant harassment
  • Criticizing or diminishing victim’s accomplishments/goals
  • Telling victim they are worthless without the abuser
  • Blaming the victim for how the abuser acts or feels
  • Making the victim feel there is no way out of the relationship
  • Excessive possessiveness, isolation from family & friends
  • Destroying/threatening to destroy victim’s personal possessions
  • Excessive checking up on
  • Embarrassing, mocking, & making fun of victim in public, in private or in front of family & friends