All abuse is based upon the abuser’s need for power and control of their victim. Domestic violence and physical abuse do not happen without first laying a foundation of emotional abuse. Emotional abuse can be insidious and in the beginning stages be difficult to detect, especially if the victim is not aware of the signs of emotional abuse.
Unlike physical abuse, there are no outward marks and bruises that show one is being abused.Emotional abuse has been described as being similar to brain washing in that it alters how victims perceive themselves. Through various means of emotional manipulation and invalidation, emotional abuse systematically destroys the victim’s self-worth, trust in their perceptions, self-confidence and self-concept. If left unchecked eventually the victim will lose all sense of self-worth.