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Signs of psychological domestic abuse in Washington

On Behalf of | Sep 8, 2022 | Domestic Violence |

Domestic violence is a serious issue that can have long-lasting effects on its victims. Not all domestic violence is physical; psychological abuse can be just as damaging. If you are worried about someone you know, it is important to be able to spot the signs of psychological domestic violence.

Social isolation

When an abuser starts to control their victim’s social life, it is a sign of psychological domestic violence. The abuser may try to keep their victim away from family and friends or make them feel guilty for spending time with anyone other than the abuser. They may also try to control who their victim talks to and what they talk about. The victim may start to feel like they have no one to turn to.

Verbal abuse

This can include name-calling, put-downs, and constant criticism. The abuser may also try to gaslight their victim, which means making them question their own memories or perception of reality.

Abusers may also use threats or intimidation as a way to control their victims. They may threaten to hurt the victim or their family or damage their property. The abuser may also try to make the victim feel unsafe.

Financial abuse

The abuser may try to control their victim’s money or make them ask for permission to spend any money. They may also forbid their victim from working or limit their access to financial resources. This can make it very difficult for the victim to leave the abuser. It’s also a way for the abuser to exert power and control over their victim.

Sexual coercion

The abuser may try to force their victim to have sex or may make them feel guilty for not wanting to have sex. They may also try to control what kind of sexual activity takes place. This is a form of emotional and physical abuse.

If you know someone who is a victim of psychological domestic violence, it is important to offer them support. If you are in an abusive situation, remember that you can always reach out for help. There are many resources available to victims of domestic violence. Besides the National Domestic Violence Hotline, you can contact your local police department or a domestic violence shelter. Remember that you are not alone.