Emotional abuse is any oppressive verbal or physical behaviour that is used as an attempt to control a woman and have her think that she is of less or of no value. Emotional abuse is continually used in an abusive relationship which over time wears down a woman’s self-esteem, image, and sense of power. Emotional abuse leads a woman to change her behaviour in an attempt to stop the abuse. Being constantly told that it is because of “her” that causes the abuser’s yelling, rage, and hurtful behaviours, the woman begins to believe that and does all she can to “do better and be better”. However, the truth is it is not her and not her responsibility to take care of the abuser’s feelings and actions.
“He always told me I should be grateful that he married me because no one would ever want me”
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