Mental abuse can involve a lot of different things, and it can be very serious and potentially fatal, or it might be on the mild side in the beginning. Mental abuse might stay the same or eventually escalate or even experience a pattern of “getting better” and then getting worse again. Either way, mental abuse is always serious, something you never deserve, and a situation that you should get out of if you wish to remain in a happy and safe place in life.
What Does Mental Abuse Involve?
A lot of people struggle to identify mental abuse, especially if they are the ones receiving it. Mental abuse may or may not involve:
- Constant accusations
- Inflicting guilt
- Showing signs of severe jealousy
- Downplaying your emotions and life problems
- Blaming you for their problems
- Destroying your property and then denying it or blaming someone else
- Eroding your self-worth in an attempt to gain control
- Threatening to leave you if you do or don’t do something
- Body shaming you
Mental abuse can go well beyond this list, but in the end, remember that mental abuse is unfair treatment (justified or not) that is abusive in the sense that it is mentally harmful to you. Mental abuse is never “just a joke.” It’s not something that one can simply apologize for and then do it again and again. Mental abuse might not affect you in the beginning, but as time goes on, it will take your life for a dramatic spin for the worst and, thus, needs to be put to an end.
Talk to Attorney Howell About Legally Fighting Against Spousal Mental Abuse in Pomona CA
If you’re receiving mental abuse from your spouse, especially if it is serious and long-lasting or if you feel physically unsafe around this person, the best course of action would be to get legal help and/or contact law enforcement if you believe the abuse may become physical. If there are children involved directly or indirectly with this mental abuse, this certainly calls for legal help as well.
A Family Law attorney like Torrence L. Howell can help you with the legal aspects of spousal mental abuse. This way, you can speed up a divorce, get a restraining order if necessary, and/or gain child custody quickly due to the nature of the situation.
Howell’s phone number is (909) 920-0908 if you wish to receive a free consultation.