The National 30 January 2017
Your abuser may treat you like a servant, child or even his or her possession.
After all, if you believe you are worthless and that no one else wants you, you are less likely to leave.
Insults, name-calling, shaming, and public put-downs are all weapons of abuse designed to erode your self-esteem and make you feel powerless.
ISOLATION: In order to increase your dependence on him or her, an abusive partner will cut you off from the outside world.
He or she will keep you from seeing family or friends or even prevent you from going to work or school.
You may have to ask permission to do anything, go anywhere or see anyone.