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What is Spousal Abuse


Spousal abuse occurs when your spouse uses aggression, or verbal put-downs– including threats of violence – to control you and put you in fear. This can include physical acts, like slapping, shoving, and punching, as well as emotional acts, like verbal insults and put-downs as well as neglect.

Victims may

  • Be anxious or suffer from depression
  • Be financially dependent on the abuser
  • Believe they don’t deserve better
  • Have low self esteem and poor self image
  • Believe that things will improve if they just try harder

Abusers may

  • Be blind to their behaviour and feel they are justified
  • Have unrealistic expectations and demands
  • Have a strong need for power and control
  • Blame others for their actions