Abuse Against Women
Abuse against women is commonplace, often subtle and is
perpetrated in many different ways. A man who batters and
abuses a woman does it to gain and maintain control over her.
Physical violence is not the only form of domestic abuse that
battered women experience. An abusive man will also use the
following tactics to exert his power over her:
Dominance — Abusive men need to feel in charge of the relationship. They will make decisions for you and the family, tell you what to do, and expect you to obey without question. Your abuser may treat you like a servant, child or even as his possession.
Humiliation — An abuser will do everything he can to make you feel bad about yourself, or defective in some way. After all, if you believe you're worthless and that no one else will want you, you're less likely to leave. Insults, name-calling, shaming, and public put-downs are all weapons of abuse against you as a woman and designed to erode your self-esteem and make you feel powerless.
Isolation — In order to increase your dependence on him, an abusive man will cut you off from the outside world. He may 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. He may further isolate you by showing contempt for those you love and care about.
Threats — Abusive men commonly use threats to keep their victims from leaving or to scare them into dropping charges. Your abuser may threaten to hurt or kill you, your children, other family members, or even pets. He may also threaten to commit suicide, file false charges against you, or report you to child services.
Intimidation— Your abuser may use a variety of intimidation tactics designed to scare you into submission. Such tactics include making threatening looks or gestures, violent yelling, smashing things in front of you, destroying property, hurting your pets, or putting weapons on display. The clear message is that if you don't obey, there will be violent consequences.
Denial and blame — Abusers are very good at making excuses for their behavior. They will blame their abuse and violence on a bad childhood, a bad day, and even on the victims of their abuse. Your abuser may minimize the abuse or deny that it occurred. He will commonly shift the responsibility onto you. Somehow he will try to make you and everyone else believe that his violence and abuse is your fault.
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We are all made in the image of God,
No one has the right to abuse the image
We are all made in the image of God
No one has thr right to abuse the image of God.