Prevent men’s violence against women

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. 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 someone’s intelligence, body or parenting
  • yelling.

Learn more about the other types of abuse.

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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