What is a Mental Abuse?
Domestic Violence undertaking Mental Abuse is a type of non-physical, speech-based abuse expressed by the abuser, while targeted as the victim; this nature of verbal and mental abuse is defined as both speech and expressions set forth, typically demeaning, insulting, damaging, or threatening in nature – furthermore, mental abuse is classified with regard to the implicit intent to cause harm, distress, and pain within the victim of such mental abuse.
Threats and Mental Abuse
Threats are defined as the unlawful, conditional expressions of criminal or negative recourse contingent on the behavior of the recipient of the threat itself; threats are typically extortive in nature – aggravated threats include threats posed resulting in murder, rape, or severe bodily injury sustained by a victim of mental abuse.
Although the expression of a threat is not physical in nature, the receipt of threats within a romantic relationship may be considered to constitute a serious offence with regard to domestic violence.
Physical Abuse vs. Mental Abuse
Domestic Violence can manifest with regard to a variety of undertakings – some of which are visible and easily identifiable while others are not. In certain cases, bruises, injuries, or blemishes may be prominent signs of Physical Domestic Violence; the effects of physical and sexual Domestic Violence may be more evident through the existence of bodily harm and injury, the signs of mental abuse within domestic violence cases may only be evident through testimony or observation.
Identifying Mental Abuse and Domestic Violence
Mental Abuse is classified as the verbal or emotional debasement directed at a romantic partner; although this type of domestic violence can be the most difficult to define, it is nonetheless an extremely serious offense with potentially devastating and tragic aftereffects.
Oftentimes, brief mentions of mental abuse in passing may be the only available signs of mental abuse; these signs may present themselves in the form of hints and attempts to convey the abuse on the part of the victim:
The existence of shame, guilt, or fear may motivate a victim of mental abuse to abstain from reporting their respective subjection to domestic violence
Observable or identifiable shifts in the behavior of a prospective victim of mental abuse is a common sign of mental abuse; this may also include avoidance or dishonesty expressed by the abused party
Assistance for Victims of Mental Abuse
If you feel as though you have been subjected to Mental Abuse – or are currently a victim of Mental Abuse within a romantic partnership – you are encouraged to contact their local authorities or law enforcement department in order to report the details of the offense.
Despite the alarming rate of domestic violence, almost half of domestic violence abuses are not reported; due to the fact Mental Abuse is largely difficult to identify, your testimony and reports can serve as the primary facilitation of efforts undertaken in order to put a stop to your victimization:
Remember – the opportunity to report Domestic Violence offenses in an anonymous fashion is also available to you upon contacting the National Domestic Violence Hotline through their 24-hour telephone number: (800) 799-7233