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What is Verbal Abuse?

The signs of verbal abuse can depend on how often it occurs, the tone of voice, and attitude of your partner.

Verbal Abuse

Verbal abuse can be as powerfully destructive as physical abuse and is much more difficult to identify.

Are you experiencing some of the following common displays of verbal abuse?

  • Criticism. You’re never good enough. Harsh, persistent and ongoing.
  • Sarcasm. Cutting, biting tone and attitude.
  • Put-downs. Repeated insults and attacks.
  • Shaming. Disgust, you are bad/wrong “What’s the matter with you?” or “What were you thinking?”
  • Name-calling. Insults disguised as pet names, swearing.

Over time, verbal abuse can make you feel insecure and doubt your self-worth. Verbal abuse tends to get worse over time. The longer you stay in this type of relationship, the more intense the violence will likely become. You’ve done nothing wrong. You have the right to a healthier relationship.

Get the Help You Need

If you have concerns about your relationship, advocates in the Day One network will listen without judgment and help you consider your options for getting support that is right for you.

Call 1.866.223.1111 any time of day, seven days a week.