Dating victim of sexual abuse
Source: Not all abusive relationships involve physical violence.
Just because you’re not battered and bruised doesn’t mean you’re not being abused.
Physical abuse is the use of physical force against someone in a way that injures or endangers that person.
Physical assault or battering is a crime, whether it occurs inside or outside of the family.
The aim of emotional abuse is to chip away at your feelings of self-worth and independence—leaving you feeling that there’s no way out of the relationship, or that without your abusive partner you have nothing.
Emotional abuse includes such as yelling, name-calling, blaming, and shaming.
No one should have to endure this kind of pain—and your first step to breaking free is recognizing that your situation is abusive. If you feel like you have to walk on eggshells around your partner—constantly watching what you say and do in order to avoid a blow-up—chances are your relationship is unhealthy and abusive.
Once you acknowledge the reality of the abusive situation, you can get the help you need. Other signs that you may be in an abusive relationship include a partner who belittles you or tries to control you, and feelings of self-loathing, helplessness, and desperation.
This is especially true when the abuse is psychological, rather than physical.
Many men and women suffer from emotional abuse, which is no less destructive.