Emotional abuse is not as apparent as other forms of violence; however, it can be just as damaging. Emotional abuse can also start later in a relationship after the abuser has groomed the person they want to control. Grooming starts with small abuses to see how much the person will tolerate. Emotional abuse is a control tactic to devalue someone, so the person feels powerless. Emotional abuse can also be used to manipulate others. Here are some forms of emotional abuse.
Intimidation can come in the form of threats, scary emotional reactions and punishment. “If you do not do what I say, then…..”
Devaluing can come in the form of backhanded compliments, public humiliation, smear campaigns and hurtful criticism.
Smear campaigns are used to ruin the reputation of another person. The abuser targets the person’s friends and family, colleagues or community. A smear campaign consists of negative gossip about the targeted person.
This could be a parent turning a child against the other parent and their family or a partner turning the targeted partner away from friends and family. This could be a parent turning a child against the other parent and their family or a partner turning the targeted partner away from friends and family.
Lying or manipulating the other person so that the abuser does not have to take responsibility for their actions or make the other person feel crazy. An example would be catching the abuser in a lie, and then the abuser turning around and telling the person they are insane, seeing things, or that didn’t happen.
Harmful manipulation is done to get someone else to do something that they would not normally do.
Stalking is a violation of privacy to gather information, intimidate, control or manipulate. This form of abuse leaves someone feeling unsafe and violated. If you are being stalked, make safety a priority.
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