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Verbal abuse

What is verbal abuse?

Verbal abuse is a key feature of emotionally abusive relationships. The perpetrator consistently makes statements that negatively label a person, for example: “You are a terrible mother”. This has a serious impact on the self-esteem and confidence of the person experiencing the verbal abuse.

Signs of verbal abuse

Verbal abuse includes angry yelling but it also includes cold statements designed to humiliate a person. Verbal abuse includes:

  • name-calling
  • continuous criticism, swearing and humiliation in public or in private
  • attacks on a woman’s intelligence, body or parenting
  • yelling.

Learn more about the other types of abuse that some men use against women.

What to do if you are experiencing verbal abuse

If you are in an abusive relationship, you can find help now.

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