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The scary subtleties of emotional violence

Anyone on the outside of an abusive situation is, inevitably, at more of a distance to the issue than the victim themselves. This detachment is often what allows hidden problems to go unnoticed, as many Californians have painfully experienced. What many family and friends are unaware of -- despite their good intentions -- is that it can take years to heal from the extent of damage from domestic violence. This damage is commonly found within emotional domestic abuse. 

WEAVE, the main provider of crisis intervention services for domestic violence survivors in the Sacramento area, lists a resource containing the most common types of domestic violence and ways to identify less obvious forms of abuse. Of the various forms of this behavior, emotional abuse is especially dangerous in that it can go unnoticed for long periods of time. WEAVE emphasizes that emotional abuse can be verbal or nonverbal, and can consist of controlling behavior, bullying and jealousy. Of course, each situation can be different from the next; blaming others for problems, isolation and unrealistic expectations are other warning signs, according to the organization. 

An article in Psychology Today also stresses the importance of recognizing emotional abuse in a relationship, noting that many survivors of this type of violence may take years to recover -- and that the healing process is not always an easy one. Some partners may offer victims financial security or an intimate relationship, where victims can then find it difficult to leave an unhealthy situation. Regardless of the type of domestic abuse, Psychology Today highlights the common occurrence of violence in a domestic setting and urges readers to maintain awareness of any suspicious situation in which someone could be at risk. There may not be an easy solution for domestic violence, but recognizing the red flags and addressing seemingly small issues could save lives in the long run.     


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