Most Arizona residents believe that if they ever become victims of verbal abuse, they would know about it immediately. This belief may be true when the abuse takes the form of yelling, name-calling, belittling behavior, and put-downs. However, verbal abuse can take on forms than those that are obvious. Many people are unknowing victims of verbal abuse.
Domestic violence experts explain that individuals who verbally abuse others have a number of both overt and subtle methods to demean their intended target. Gaslighting, interruptions, and constant corrections are all ways to deliver verbal abuse. The “silent treatment” can also become a form of verbal abuse.
Verbal abuse is sometimes difficult for the victim to identify because it is often not as clear cut as physical or sexual abuse. But verbal abuse generally involves one person causing another individual emotional harm through verbal interaction.
Victims of verbal abuse are often left to feel inadequate and worthless. These negative feelings result from the fact they are allowing their abuser to take part in shaping their self-image.
When verbal abuse is part of a romantic relationship, more confusion befalls the victim of the abuse. The confusion stems from the fact that when an abuser is not acting out, they often appear to be loving and gentle individuals. It is common to see victims in these situations make excuses for the negative behavior of their abuser.
Verbal abuse sufferers can develop issues with depression, anxiety, and PTSD as a result of their abuse. This abuse can negatively affect all aspects of the life of the victim, including their relationships with other people, academic performance, and the ability to achieve success at work.
The following signs may help anyone who questions whether a spouse, family member, or other person is guilty of verbally abusing them:
- Using words to cause shame
- Joking at the victim’s expense
- Causing public humiliation
- Constant criticism
- Verbal threats
- Yelling and screaming
Accusation of domestic violence can cause serious damage to the livelihood and reputation of the accused person. A strong defense may become necessary to prevent irreparable harm to the life of the accused person. Individuals facing domestic violence allegations may become better able to defend their good name by speaking with a criminal defense attorney.