What is Verbal Abuse?

Who is a Verbal Abuser and What Does a Verbally Abusive Relationship Look Like?

About: What is Verbal Abuse?

If you or someone you know is in a verbally abusive relationship I want you to know it’s not okay.

Who May Be the Verbal Abuser in Your Life?

  • Abusive Boss
  • Abusive Co-workers
  • Abusive Fathers
  • Abusive Parents
  • Abusive Mothers
  • Abusive Boyfriends
  • Abusive Kids at School
  • Abusive Teens
  • Abusive Women
  • Abusive Men
  • Abusive Teachers
  • Abusive Girlfriend
  • Abusive Husbands
  • Abusive Wives
  • Abusive Sisters
  • Abusive Brothers
  • Abusive Cousins
  • Abusive Aunts
  • Abusive Uncles
  • Abusive Grandparents

What is Verbal Abuse and Why is it Harmful?

Verbal abuse has been downgraded to something being trivial, but it’s not. Verbal abuse hurts and it does long term damage. Many of the men, women and children who have experienced long term verbal abuse suffer with long term relationships in marriages, parenting, work issues, friendships, and even their relationship with God is damaged. If you are experiencing any of the abuses listed below, you are being abused.

  • Yelling
  • Screaming
  • Belittling
  • Mind Games
  • Degrades
  • Bullying with Words
  • Defaming Ones Place, Position, Personality, Possessions, Person, Family, Work
  • Trivializes
  • Harasses
  • Interrogating
  • Accusing the Victim of Virtually anything to divert the abuse
  • Blaming
  • Lying
  • Berating
  • Taunting
  • Put downs
  • Abuse disguised as a joke
  • Discounting
  • Threatening
  • Name-calling
  • Going into a Rage

By attacking verbally, the abuser keeps his “hands clean” but effectively degrades and intimidates his victim until her sense of perception is unstable, and her self-esteem is lowered until she believes what he says is true.

Verbal Abuse causes great distress because the victim becomes paralyzed by the words that are spoken. The abusers goal is to control and keep control over the victim. This control allows them to remain in power over the victim.

If you are experiencing any of the abuse listed above, it is not okay. You deserve better. I want to encourage you that there is help for you.

Please see these related articles on “What is Verbal Abuse?”

What is Emotional Abuse?

Abusive Words and How They Hurt Us

The Abusive Personality

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