Domestic Abuse: The Facts About Emotional Abuse & Domestic Violence by Dr. Christina Hibbert

One in every four women is, or will be, a victim of domestic violence. This includes:

  • physical abuse
  • sexual abuse
  • emotional abuse

Not sure what constitutes abuse? It could include, but is not limited to:

  • insults
  • name calling
  • belittling 
  • humiliation
  • trying to control your every move or isolate you from family or friends
  • using the kids or money to control or coerce you
  • minimizing, denying or blaming things on you or someone else 

These are all part of the emotional abuse of domestic violence. If you recognize yourself or someone you care about in these words, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline today at 1-800-799-SAFE (

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Elisa Schmitz
Critical information. Thank you for sharing, Dr. Christina Hibbert ! 💕
Stacey Roberts
My aunt was in an emotionally abusive marriage or as she called it, invisible abuse. He was the quintessential Jekyll/Hyde, everyone though she’d married Prince charming. She told me later after I was older how she wished he’d just hit her and given her a black eye so people could “see” it. As it was everyone thought she had no reason to be unhappy about anything. Which she not only was unhappy, but severely depressed. It wasn’t til her kids were in high school that she couldn’t take it anymore and divorced him. And the first thing she did when she moved into her new house was paint the fireplace bright pink! Thank you for pointing out what is considered emotional abuse because so many women and some men feel being insulted or put down is no big deal. At least not in comparison to being hit.
Dr. Christina Hibbert
I love that term, "invisible abuse," @StaceyRoberts, because that's exactly what it is. The physical wounds heal so much easier than the emotional ones. I'm so happy your aunt was able to find her way out of that relationship, and celebrate with a pink fireplace! How fabulous!

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