Signs of an Emotionally Abusive Relationship And What You Can Do

Some relationships, whether they be parent-child, spouse, sibling or friendships, can be emotionally abusive in nature. An emotionally abusive relationship is more than just a collection of emotionally abusive behaviors. In an emotionally abusive relationship, one person consistently controls the other through fear, humiliation, manipulation, fear or shame. There is …

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Tips to Help a Victim of of Domestic Abuse

Numerous research studies and statistics concluding that at least 40% of South Asian women having experienced physical, emotional or sexual abuse by a partner. Recent statistics are also pointing to a similar frequency of partner violence against men as well. With such a high statistic, it is safe to assume …

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Meera’s Story: Recognizing the Patterns of Emotional Abuse

“I feel like I have to walk on eggshells and like I can’t do anything right,” Meera said. “Have you ever felt this way before?” It was a simple question but when she stopped to think about feeling bullied or unaccepted, Meera was surprised at how many examples she could …

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Witnessing Domestic Violence: The Impact on Children and Teens

Watching as one parent berates another or harms the other parent physically or sexually can be scarring for children and teenagers. Even if the children are not involved in the abuse itself, research is showing that the impact of witnessing it in any way can leave scars on the child …

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Physical Abuse: the Story of a South Asian Bride

Wrapped in a beautiful red sari, adorned with jewelry from head to toe, Shabnam looked at herself in the mirror on her wedding day with mixed emotions. She was so thrilled that her wedding day had finally come. She fondly remembered how they met. It was the week before finals …

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South Asian Couples: An Example of Verbal Abuse

“I said cold water,” barked Shweta. “Looks like your hearing is going already.” Kishore took the glass to the freezer to add some ice. “If you don’t take pour out some water first, it’s going to spill,” she said disgustedly. “You shouldn’t even have water in the cup to begin …

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Anusha’s Story: Low Self-Esteem and Family Experiences

Anusha was a South Asian young woman, who had graduated from college with a degree in public health. Soon after graduation, she began a job at a prestigious public health organization where she quickly proved her potential and was given more and more responsibilities. Her friends marveled at her ease …

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South Asian Relationships: What is Emotional Abuse?

Emotional abuse is a type of domestic abuse that uses  fear, humiliation, intimidation or manipulation to brainwash, resulting in low self-confidence, self-worth and a loss of personal value for those who are abused. Others notice that the abused person no longer seems like themselves and exhibits may of the general …

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Nina’s Story: A South Asian Girl’s Experience with Abuse

This story is purely fictional and is not intended to represent a real family. Any similarities between this family and a real life family are purely coincidental. This is Part 3 of a series. For Part 1, click here and for Part 2, click here. After Nina met Rakesh’s parents, …

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