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Emotional abuse is a type of domestic violence

What comes to mind when you think about domestic violence? Like many, you may assume that domestic violence and physical abuse go together hand in hand.

While physical abuse may be the most common form of domestic violence, there are other types that you need to be aware of.

Emotional abuse is one of the most common types of domestic violence. As the name suggests, this is when a person attempts to destroy someone's self worth through constant criticism, humiliation and insults.

At first, emotional abuse may not appear to be a big deal. Many people simply assume that this is common during an argument. However, when the problem persists or gets worse over time, there's a good chance that it has crossed the line into the territory of domestic violence.

What to do next

If you have reason to believe that you are the victim of emotional abuse, you have a few options.

To start, you should consider leaving the relationship. This is often the best way to put your abuse in the past, thus enjoying a better life in the future.

Emotional abuse alone is not always enough to accuse someone of domestic violence. In most cases, evidence of emotional abuse is often combined with signs of physical abuse.

Bringing a domestic violence action against someone in your life is easier said than done, but if you need to take action there is no point in waiting any longer. You may hope that the person will change his or her ways, but this doesn't typically happen.

No one should have to go through any form of domestic violence, including emotional abuse. There are steps you can take to remove yourself from this situation once and for all, and you need to consider each and every option that is available to you. There is nothing more important than your physical and mental health and well being.

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