Have you experienced verbal abuse from a partner?

Verbal abuse refers to the ways in which a person uses their words to cause harm. It is one tactic in a range of deliberate behaviors that a person may use to gain and maintain power and control over another in an intimate relationship.

Verbal abuse is one aspect of psychological abuse, also referred to as emotional abuse or expressive aggression. It is characterized by insults, name-calling, put-downs, criticizing, and other demeaning language designed to bully, intimidate, frighten, humiliate, degrade and diminish the victim’s self worth and sense of safety.

NO MORE and the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) are developing a program to raise awareness of and ultimately end verbal abuse. We want to let the world know: Verbal abuse IS domestic abuse.

If you have experienced verbal abuse, we want to hear your story. Please be aware, what you share may be featured in the "Survivor Stories" section of our forthcoming verbal abuse website. 

If you are currently being abused in your relationship, there is help available. Contact the organizations below for support:

- National Domestic Violence Hotline, at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) (or TTY 1-  800-787-3224) www.thehotline.org 

- Love Is Respect, a dating abuse helpline for teens, 1-866-331-9474 (or TTY 1-866-331-8453), www.loveisrespect.org 

- National Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-HOPE 

- The Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (https://www.rainn.org/)

These organizations have professionals and advocates standing by who can help and direct you to local resources, or just listen if you need someone to talk to. 

If you feel that you’re in danger, please contact local law enforcement or dial 911.
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