Verbal abuse is another form of domestic violence, using words to threaten, bully, demean and hurt others. It can involve yelling, name-calling and belittling a person and is so common that one in five college-aged women reports verbal abuse by a dating partner.
“Domestic abuse can take different forms,” explains family law attorney Sabrina Shaheen Cronin of The Cronin Law Firm. “These forms can take shape suddenly or over time. Verbal abuse is something, that if from childhood, is more ‘tolerated’ from people later in life, whether it be by bosses, friends, romantic partners, and even children.”