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Domestic abuse in Georgia isn't always physical

When residents of Georgia consider domestic violence, it is likely the first thing that comes to mind is the use of physical abuse against a partner. While this is, unfortunately, not rare in the United States, there is another form of abuse that may be even more common: emotional abuse. People who are in relationships that don't seem "quite right" owe it to themselves to understand the basic components of emotional abuse and how to recognize it.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health, there are quite a few forms that emotional abuse can take. One of the main factors pointing to emotional abuse is isolation. Domestic abusers often do everything possible to maintain exclusive control over their partners. This means attempting to curtail outside activities such a work or school, having friends outside of the domestic relationship or speaking with family or other friends on a regular basis. Added to this isolation is often a component of direct control, such as monitoring a partner's activities at all times, being angry or "put out" when the partner wants to do something without the abuser or trying to control what the other partner wears or eats.

One other warning sign for people in a relationship is excessive anger and the use of public humiliation. The use of humiliating terms or phrases in front of others, even if ostensibly "joking," can be a sign of abuse. If your partner gets angry in a way that makes you scared, or uses emotional tricks such as threatening to harm himself when upset with you, or threatening you or your loved ones, is often considered abusive. Finally, statements like "If I can't have you, no one can," is a very strong indication of an abusive personality.

One reason to pay attention to emotional abuse is that is often escalates into physical abuse. However, emotional stress can also take a direct toll on a person's physical and psychological well-being. No one should have to remain in a relationship or marriage in which he or she is being abused in any way. To learn more about getting out of a relationship that includes domestic abuse, Georgia residents may wish to consider reaching out to a family law attorney.

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