Verbal abuse is a type of emotional abuse. It is when someone uses their words to assault, dominate, ridicule, manipulate, and/or degrade another
– You are afraid of your abuser – You feel like you have to walk on eggshells around the other person
– You feel like you cannot share things about yourself with them for fear that they will mock or ridicule you – You're afraid to go out in public with them because of what they will say about you in front of other people
: This type involves making the victim believe they are responsible for the abusive behavior or that they bring the verbal abuse upon themselves.
– While often disguised as humor, sarcastic comments that are intended to belittle and demean the other person can be a form of verbal abuse.
This involves harsh and persistent remarks that are meant to make the person feel bad about themselves and are not constructive but deliberate and hurtful.
– When you are insulted in public by a peer, a friend, a family member, or a dating partner, this can be particularly painful.
This type of verbal abuse involves looking down on the victim, not accepting them for who they are, or holding them to unrealistic expectations.
Using words to manipulate and control the other person is also a type of verbal abuse. This can include making statements like, "