Teen dating violence is a growing problem in the United States. Today, approximately one-third of all teens involved in romantic relationships will experience abuse of some kind. However, teen dating violence can actually involve so much more than that. In fact, emotional abuse can be just as devastating and traumatic for young victims. Did you know that emotional abuse is the most common type of abusive conduct in teenage relationships? However, emotional abuse tends to be talked about much less frequently than other, more identifiable and immediately-dangerous types of harmful conduct.
11 Signs of Emotional Abuse in Relationships That You Should Never Overlook
Most Teens Suffer Emotional Abuse in Their Relationships - Teen Dating Violence Awareness
Abuse of any kind is complicated, and it can be difficult to identify. This is especially true for emotional abuse: With physical abuse, there is often tangible evidence of violence, but emotionally-abusive relationships can involve sophisticated—and toxic—mind games. As a result, emotional abuse can be just as damaging. To help victims and their loved ones understand the signs, we spoke with Kelly McNelis, founder of Women for One, and Dr. Meet the Expert. Read on to learn about the warning signs of emotional abuse, and the experts' advice for navigating these relationships.
Signs of Emotional Abuse
Emotional abuse is insidious: Not only does it take many forms, it can be difficult to recognize. According to Denise Renye , a certified sexologist and psychologist, emotional abuse "may be delivered as yelling, putting a partner down, commenting on a partner's body, deliberately not respecting a partner's boundaries, and saying one thing while doing something else entirely. At first, abusers may seem like charismatic and charming people, waiting until they and their partner have hit a milestone such as moving in together before they show their true colors. Renye points out that abusers also often manipulate their partners into thinking abusive behavior is romantic.
Do you feel insulted, or perhaps your self-esteem has been reduced to flakes? Mental abuse is often insidious, easy to cover, and can go undetected by close friends, family members, and even with the victim themselves. Unlike physical and sexual abuse, emotional abuse can be confusing. In this piece, we will discuss some of the commonly hidden signs of emotional abuse that should be clear tell-tales that you need to run. At the beginning of the relationship, when your spouse consistently communicates and checks-in to see how you are fairing, it may seem caring.