Intimate Terrorism. Is It Holding You Hostage?
Abuse in any form is bad news: verbal abuse, emotional abuse, physical abuse, financial abuse, spiritual abuse, sexual abuse. All bad!
And, you need to know what intimate terrorism is because it has the most dire consequences.
Domestic violence is a term you're likely familiar with. You may not think of the verbal abuse as domestic violence, or the emotional abuse. It is, though. Often, it is very difficult--even more difficult now with the new wording recently changed by the current U.S. administration--to make your case for these in court. It's still domestic violence.
Definition of Domestic Violence from Project-Safe.org :
"Domestic violence is the illegitimate use of physical force and/or control tactics within a relations that is intimate, familiar, or cohabitating. There are several types of domestic violence, including intimate terrorism and situational couple violence."
You may not yet have heard of "coercive control," either. When coupled with violence, it equals intimate terrorism, and occurs when one partner in a relationship, typically a man, uses coercive control and power over the other partner, using threats, intimidation, and isolation. Sady, this intimate partner violence may also involve all forms of abuse: verbal, emotional, sexual, economic, physical, and psychological.
In this episode, I compare Intimate Terrorism with Situational Couple Violence so that you can clearly see the difference. Neither feels better than the other but Intimate Terrorism is far more dangerous.
No matter how much you might want to resist listening to this, please LISTEN! It can save your life.
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HIGHLIGHTS OF TODAY'S EPISODE:
- Recognizing abuse
- Recognizing Intimate Terrorism
- How Intimate Terrorism differs from Situational Couple Violence
- Why you need to recognize intimate terrorism right this minute and take action
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