When I work with clients in conflict, often we need to clarify what constitutes abusive behavior. Sometimes there is a reluctance to categorize non-physical abuse as abusive, but it can be no less harmful.
To label behavior ‘abuse’ can help someone make an informed choice about what they need to do next. Often this decision-making process is informed by someone’s values and the pros and cons involved. Once someone sees that the other person’s behavior is abusive, this can often tip the balance so that someone takes steps to keep them safe.
Psychologist Beverly Engel offers the following pointers to decide whether the behavior amounts to abuse -
If you need help with this, get in contact today.
Chris Warren-Dickins, Psychotherapist
Ridgewood, New Jersey