Recognizing Abusive Behavior; It’s Not Always Physical

Turning to a very serious topic, I’ve read articles on abusive relationships and  many of them focus on physical abuse. However, we must recognize that abuse comes in many other forms including humiliation, emotional abuse, and manipulative behavior.  I was struck by Leigh Stein’s story in the Washington Post a couple of weeks ago, of how a relationships that she initially saw as loving, spiraled into a dark and unhealthy place.  It’s a must-read, and you can go to it right here. I thank Leigh for sharing her story and hope that it can help other people who may be in her situation.

If you or someone you know is a victim of abuse, help is available. Your community may have resources that can assist you, and you can always contact The National Domestic Violence Hotline which provides information and references for legal help, a path to safety, help for friends and family, and more.

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