Unlike physical abuse, emotional abuse isn’t straightforward, so you may not actually know it even if you’re in an emotionally abusive relationship.
And just because your partner doesn’t hit you doesn’t mean your self-esteem doesn’t take a hit if they constantly shame, control and criticise you. If anything, your confidence probably crumbles faster than you can say “enough”.
Can’t figure out if your partner has been anything less than respectful? We got Jean Chen, a psychotherapist at Relationship Matters, to tell us about eight signs that point to an abusive relationship.