Emotional Abuse Is Domestic Violence

abuse, Rolling Meadows domestic abuse attorneyOften, when a person hears the term “domestic violence” or “domestic abuse” they think of physical abuse like hitting, kicking, pushing, or choking. However, domestic violence does not only refer to physical acts such as these. Emotional or psychological abuse can be just as damaging as physical abuse, and those who are perpetrators of it should be held accountable.

Every couple has arguments from time to time. Sometimes, a spouse raises their voice at the other or says things that they do not really mean. This is not emotional abuse. The behavior becomes abusive when the perpetrator attempts to control their partner through their behavior. Instead of brandishing a physical weapon, a person who is emotionally abusing their partner will use lies and insults as their weapons. An abuser may use tactics such as these when attempting to gain control over their partner:

  • Isolating Their Partner from Others: it is a big warning sign when someone discourages his or her partner from having healthy relationships with friends and family. Oftentimes, abusers will purposely drive a wedge between their victim and victim’s friends and family in order to exert more control over him or her;
  • Insulting or Humiliating Their Partner: We all say things that hurt others’ feelings from time to time, but when it becomes intentional and relentless, such behavior is abusive. A perpetrator of domestic violence will often use insults and putdowns to tear down the self-confidence of their victim, making him or her more reliant on the abuser;
  • Gaslighting Their Partner: Gaslighting is a term made famous by a play called Gas Light in which a malicious husband continually dims the gas-powered lights and then denies it in order to confuse his wife. Gaslighting refers to telling lies or using other manipulative tactics in order to make a victim question their own feelings, instincts, and even their sanity. The abuser does this in order to weaken his or her victim and gain power over them; and;
  • Controlling Their Partner Through Threats: Many men and women in abusive relationships do not seek help because they are afraid that the abuser will retaliate. Abusers often threaten their victim or their victim’s friends, family, or children in order to control their victim.

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No one deserves to be abused in this way. If you or someone you love is a victim of domestic violence, please do not hesitate to take action. An emergency order of protection is often a good first step for those seeking to end an abusive relationship. Additionally, you may benefit from employing the help of a compassionate family law attorney. Contact an experienced domestic violence lawyer in Rolling Meadows to get the legal assistance you need. Call 847-253-3100 for a free consultation at Cosley Law Office today.

 

Sources:

https://www.healthyplace.com/abuse/emotional-psychological-abuse/psychological-abuse-definition-signs-and-symptoms/

http://www.thehotline.org/2014/05/29/what-is-gaslighting/

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