Emotional abuse can be subtle and hard to recognize. Psychologist Dr. Robert Simon presents a clear definition and explains the ‘spectrum’ of domestic violence.
When we think and use the term domestic violence, what is often thought about is battery, hitting, pushing, shoving, and things like that. In reality, that is not nearly as frequent as psychological and emotional violence that’s being perpetrated in the form of control, manipulation, screaming, yelling, threatening. These kinds of actions and behaviors are every bit, if not moreso, as psychologically damaging and toxic as the kind of violence that leads to injuries.