#MaybeHeDoesntHitYou Exposes The Brutal Reality Of Emotional Abuse

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When we think about domestic abuse we often think of the hurt we can physically see: black eyes, bruises, broken bones, etc. But while absolutely any kind of domestic violence is NEVER okay, some of the most dangerous instances of abuse aren't physical. 

Emotional abusers are masters at using words and subtle, insidious behaviors to manipulate, control, and tear down their victims, and that distinction is exactly what makes them so incredibly threatening. 

Using #MaybeHeDoesntHitYou and #MaybeSheDoesntHitYou on Twitter, emotional abuse survivors from all over the world are making a powerhouse statement about this type of domestic violence. Together, they're fighting back against emotional abuse and drawing widespread attention to the less obvious ways abusers hurt their victims. 

1. They gaslight you into thinking their abuse is your fault.

2. They make you feel like you're never good enough.

3. They belittle you into feeling dependent on them.

4. They put you in a constant state of anxiety and uncertainty.

5. They make you feel responsible for every problem in the relationship.

6. They punish you for seeking outside support from friends or family.

7. They use the love and concern you have for them against you to maintain power.

8. They intimidate you with physical violence, even if they never physically harm you.

9. They guilt you into staying in the relationship.

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10. They make you believe that you deserve their abuse.

11. They are actively against you bettering yourself.

12. They use the silent treatment as a punishment.

If you are experiencing these or other instances of emotional abuse, call the Domestic Partnership hotline at 404-873-1766.