There are many reasons that people get divorced in Georgia. There may be cases of infidelity, times when couples just fall out of love or conflicts that cannot be resolved. Unfortunately, many couples stay together even after the marriage is harmful for one spouse. Physical abuse may be more obvious and easier to spot, but emotional abuse can be just as devastating. The Huffington Post gives some subtle signs to watch for you if you fear you are in an emotionally abusive relationship.

In emotionally abusive relationships, one partner often uses what are known as gaslighting techniques. This means that they distort or deny things until they have defined what is the reality for the other partner. They may claim that the person is not remembering correctly or simply deny that they did something. This can make the vulnerable partner question themselves and their sanity after long periods of time.

Control is also a huge warning sign of an abusive relationship. It is normal to check in with your spouse to let them know you are safe and when you will be home, but if they need constant check-ins and details about who you are with and where you are at all times, you could be dealing with a bad situation. Check-ins can quickly turn into relentless harassment before you even realize it.

Emotionally abusive spouses often make “jokes” about their partners that are hurtful insults. If you complain, they may claim you are being too sensitive or that they were only joking. Anytime you tell your spouse they are hurting you it should be treated seriously.

Finally, emotionally abusive spouses often withhold money, sex or affection to punish you or control your actions. Abusive behavior does not have to be the infliction of harm but can also be the absence or withholding of something that a person deserves and needs to feel.

This is for educational purposes and should not be interpreted as legal advice.