Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me. How many women think of
that schoolyard rhyme while reeling from a partner’s put-downs or angry outbursts? The rhyme’s
a lie !
Verbal abuse is difficult to identify and regrettably can be a common type of abuse in some
relationships. Not all words that are meant to hurt are “ugly words.” A master at verbal abuse can
damage your self-esteem while, at the same time, appear to care deeply for you. The use of words to
punish is a very covert attempt to control and regardless of how loving your spouse may appear to be,
verbal abuse is wrong and can be just has harmful as physical abuse.

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