What counts as being verbal abuse?

Everyone deserves to have relationships that are free from domestic violence. Verbal and emotional abuse takes its toll. Sometimes, it can also turn into physical abuse. These behaviors are as serious as other forms of abuse and can damage self-esteem and well-being.

Every relationship is different, and the signs of emotional and verbal abuse may not be obvious from the start of a relationship. People who are verbally abusive often seem to be ideal partners, and behaviors can come up slowly or start suddenly. Arguments are normal, even healthy, in a relationship. Unless you associate with a copy of yourself, there are likely times when the other person makes a decision that you don't agree with, or a decision that makes you uncomfortable, maybe even hurts your feelings.

In a safe and healthy relationship, this can be discussed and, even if things heat up, the couple should eventually be able to come to a compromise that makes them feel safe and respected. Domestic verbal abuse occurs when a partner verbally abuses their partner to gain control over them or the relationship. Verbal aggression, such as insults or insults, is a form of verbal abuse. In young adult relationships, verbal abuse is very common, as more than 50% of people have reported verbal abuse while in a relationship as young adults.

Research shows that as people age, verbal abuse tends to decrease, but it's still a very common problem.

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