|Think about someone or something you love. Then think about how you would feel if someone threatened them with harm. What would you do to keep that from happening?
Unfortunately, in their desire to exert control over another individual, abusers frequently use this tactic because they know how effective it can be. Threatening to harm a child or a beloved pet is a great way to control another person without laying a finger on them.
During this month dedicated to Domestic Violence Awareness, we highlight the lesser-known tactics used by abusers. While physical violence is much easier to understand and recognize, the control exerted and damage inflicted through other forms of abuse can be even more damaging to a person’s psyche and self-worth. Feeling trapped and doubting that anyone will believe them leaves individuals feeling helpless to protect those they love.