While your spouse does not lay a hand on you, you may still feel abused. Non-physical abuse is emotional abuse, another type of domestic violence.

Domestic Shelters provides deeper insight into the emotional abuse that can take place within a marriage. Learn whether you may want to consider seeking out help in North Carolina.

You recognize the symptoms of emotional abuse

To better determine for sure whether your spouse is an emotional abuser, you need to know the signs. For instance, your spouse may keep constant track of your activities, or maybe you cannot see your family and friends when (or as much as) you would like. Emotional abusers also intentionally embarrass their spouse in front of others.

You blame yourself

Perhaps you blame yourself for the way your partner calls you names, lies to you or belittles you. This reaction makes sense, as you have invested a great deal of time, energy and emotion into this person and the relationship you share. What reinforces this dangerous way of thinking is spouses who turn the tables and seemingly apologize for their behavior, only to engage in emotional abuse again in the future.

You fear emotional abuse may become physical abuse

Something else to keep in mind is the fact that emotional abuse can turn into physical abuse. Maybe you noticed the above red flags at the beginning of your relationship, and they continued after the marriage. There is no guarantee the emotional abuse will become physical, but it may not be a risk you can afford to take.

This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.