Dating a woman who has been abused

Emotional abuse, like physical abuse, is used to control, demean, harm or punish a woman.While the forms of abuse may vary, the end result is the same - a woman is fearful of her partner and changes her behaviour to please him or be safe from harm.Most women indicate that emotional abuse effects them as much, if not more than, physical violence.They report that emotional abuse is responsible for long-term problems with health, self-esteem, depression, and anxiety [5].In one study 72% of women reported that being ridiculed by their abusive partners had the greatest impact on them, followed by threats of abuse, jealousy, and restriction [or isolation].It was also found that the impact increased with the frequency of the emotional abuse [6].

This number often excludes incidents of sexual, emotional, or economic abuse that go unreported.

We’d just met, so I can only imagine the infinite possibilities swirling in his head.

He was an amateur MMA fighter, came from the hood — apparently a former gang member, as I learned later. We’re the dirty little secrets who get calls only after hours.

Some tactics of emotional abuse by an abuser are to: More women experience emotional abuse than physical violence.

35% of all women who are or have been in married or common-law relationships have experienced emotional abuse [1].

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