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Emotional/Mental/Verbal

  • Using put-downs, insults, name-calling, humiliation
  • Threatening to harm or kill family, friends, a new partner, pets, etc.
  • Threatening to commit suicide if a partner leaves
  • Making threats like, “If you leave me I’ll … spread rumors about you, tell your parents we had sex”, etc.
  • Blaming the person who is being abused for the abuse or for all the problems in the relationship
  • Minimizing or denying abusive behavior, playing mind games
  • Possessiveness and/or constant accusations of cheating