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What is Emotional Abuse?

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Rachel Abell- Court Advocate

At the WCA, we believe abuse is not limited to physical and sexual violence. Emotional abuse is one common form of abuse that can often be minimized in severity because it does not leave physical scars. Emotional abuse is a pattern of behavior used to achieve and maintain power and control over another person typically by damaging someone’s self-esteem. It is not surprising that the effects of emotional abuse can have a harmful impact on someone’s mental health and emotional well-being, making this topic very relevant for Mental Health Awareness Month.

One of the most troubling aspects of emotional abuse is that it is not always easy to recognize, which can be very confusing for someone experiencing it. In an attempt to achieve and maintain power and control, abusers may use different tactics. Some tactics can be easily identifiable, such as name-calling or threats, however, abusers do not typically start with these types of tactics. There are a variety of other tactics used in emotionally abusive relationships that can be more difficult to detect. For instance, an abuser may claim that he is calling and checking in repeatedly, or showing up unannounced because he is just trying to be “thoughtful” or make sure his partner is safe. Unfortunately, these types of actions or behaviors can be misconstrued as romantic gestures at the beginning of a relationship. We often see that tactics such as this escalate over time to manipulate, control and isolate a person.

Everyone is entitled to a safe and healthy relationship. As we continue to work towards bringing awareness to mental health this month, it is important that we also continue to acknowledge and discuss the seriousness of emotional abuse. The effects not only have a harmful impact on someone’s mental health, but they can be long-lasting.

 

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Jul 11

2022

WCA Mission Tour

Join us for a 35 minute virtual tour to learn about our mission of safety, healing and freedom through the stories of clients and the impact of our services. The WCA Mission Tour aims to inspire and educate about the complexities and realities of domestic abuse and sexual assault, both here in the Treasure Valley […]

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Jul 28

2022

WCA Mission Tour

Join us for a 35 minute virtual tour to learn about our mission of safety, healing and freedom through the stories of clients and the impact of our services. The WCA Mission Tour aims to inspire and educate about the complexities and realities of domestic abuse and sexual assault, both here in the Treasure Valley […]

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Oct 02

2022

SueB 5k 10k 2022

On October 2, 2022, we celebrate the 13th annual SueB 5k 10k at noon After two years of racing virtually, we invite you to join us IN PERSON to raise awareness about domestic abuse, while memorializing the life of an individual who has brought so many people together. The SueB 5k 10k provides a space […]

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Oct 12

2022

Witches Night Out at the Village

Mark your calendars for Witches Night Out on October 12, 2022 from 5 – 9 p.m. Wednesday, October 12 we will be celebrating Witches Night Out at The Village at Meridian, hosted by Meridian’s Centercal Properties and its marvelous merchants. Several sponsors help make the evening a resounding success, raising funds for the WCA’ clients’ […]

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Oct 28

2022

Healing Begins with Hope

WCA Healing Begins with Hope Virtual Outreach and Fundraising Event When: October 28, 2022 As the WCA celebrates 112 years of changing lives, we would like to invite our community to mark their calendars and save the date! The event will be an opportunity to learn more about the WCA’s mission of safety, healing and […]

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