Domestic violence issues should never be ignored or overlooked. Even if you have been married for years, it may be hard to spot the signs of an emotionally abusive relationship.
Sometimes it’s difficult to define what constitutes emotional abuse. You may find yourself unsettled or unhappy, but might delay leaving your partner because you’re unsure if any abuse is happening.
There are several signs of an emotionally abusive relationship, some of which include the following:
You Are Always To Blame
Emotionally abusive people generally refuse to take responsibility for their mistakes, feelings or behaviors. Instead, they blame their partners. For example, your partner may say you “make them” yell at you during an argument.
You Are Constantly Accused
No matter how you conduct yourself, an abusive partner will accuse you of being unfaithful, unprofessional or acting foolishly. An abuser’s behavior is the result of deeply rooted insecurities and a desire for control. However, it’s extremely humiliating for the person on the receiving end of the accusations.
You Are Isolated
Emotional abusers tend to isolate their partners from family and friends. It will most likely be done subtly and over time. An abuser doesn’t want someone else offering opinions about their behavior, and possibly encouraging you to leave the relationship.
If any of the above scenarios sound familiar, and you are going through a divorce or custody matter, it is important to retain the services of a professional law firm. At Pacific Cascade Family Law, our team aggressively represents your interests. Abusive relationships can be dangerous situations. Please reach out to our team for highly individualized services, knowledge and advice.