Emotional and Psychological Spousal Abuse

Emotional abuse is defined as nonphysical behavior that demeans or isolates an individual through fear or humiliation. This type of abuse may be hard to differentiate from isolated emotional incidents that often occur in marriages, but prolonged emotional abuse between a married couple can cause severe psychological injuries to one or both spouses. A cycle of emotional abuse, for instance, constitutes continuous harmful behaviors that can lead to the destruction of a marriage and the psychological health of an individual.

Warning Signs of Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse comes in several forms. Some types of emotional abuse are subtle and can be overlooked as mood swings or joking around. You may be the victim of spousal emotional abuse if your significant other treats you consistently in any of the following manners:

  • Ignoring or excluding a spouse
  • Unreasonable jealousy
  • Cruel jokes or excessive sarcasm
  • Hypercriticism
  • Withdrawal of affection

These are just some signs of emotional abuse that a spouse may be suffering that may occur in conjunction with other harmful words or actions. Physical or sexual abuse may also be present and cause emotional and psychological damage in a marriage.

Contact a Lewisville Spousal Abuse Lawyer

If you are a victim of spousal abuse and are considering divorcing or pursuing other legal action against your spouse, contact Alexander & Associates to discuss how we can help you. Contact our law offices in Lewisville by calling (972) 420-6560 to speak to one of our attorneys.