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It’s a sad fact that some people remain in very unhealthy relationships and become completely diminished by them. Emotional abuse is often insidious and can be extremely difficult to recognise if it has always been part of a long term relationship. Victims of emotional abuse may also resist the idea that they are being abused; there are no physical scars but probably a much reduced sense of self worth, self image and confidence. If you answer yes to any of these questions maybe you should consider how healthy your relationship is:
If you have answered yes to one or more of these questions, maybe consider how often the situation occurs. If it’s very rare and you are both able to communicate with each other how the situation made you feel then that is a good sign that there are no major power and control issues within the relationship. If it is more frequent and if there is a resistance to discuss feelings provoked from any ‘unhealthy’ treatment, maybe couple relationship therapy may prove useful.
If you are regularly being exposed to domination, control, coercion, threats or humiliation you may well need to consider that the relationship is abusive and decide how you might wish to take things forward.
Brethertons Family Team are conversant with all types of abuse and can offer support and advice to those clients who wish to discuss such circumstances. Clients can rest assured that these sensitive issues will be dealt with professionally and empathically, so they are able to make informed decisions about the future. If you feel it might be helpful to have a chat with someone who will understand then please do contact a specialist in our Family team using the details below.