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#MaybeHeDoesntHitYou Sheds Light On The Dark Reality Of Emotional Abuse

What comes to mind when I say the words “domestic violence”? Black eyes, bruises, split lip, broken bones, dislocated shoulder, yellowing contusions and the like, right? While these are visible signs of domestic abuse, there are subtle, manipulative, and more menacing signs that are not visible to the naked eye. And these are instances of emotional and mental abuse.

Emotional abuses are master manipulators who use words, subtly placed barbs, jibes, and even insidious behaviors to control and tear down their victims. This underhanded abuse that doesn’t leave any visible marks on a person is what makes emotional abuse all the more threatening and dangerous.

New hashtags #MaybeHeDoesntHitYou and #MaybeSheDoesntHitYou have surfaced on Twitter, and an outpouring of responses from emotional abuse survivors from all over the world has come forth. The power of social media has once again come to the fore, for the good, and helping these survivors stand united against their abusers. This is a very effective platform to help spread the word that emotional abuse is probably more dangerous than physical abuse, and that both men and women can be victims of it.

Suggested read: 20 definite signs of emotional abuse in a relationship

The hashtag was created by Dominican-American writer Zahira Kelly, and talking to BBC Trending, she said,

“Abuse is often seen as very cut and dry, and only physical. For several years now on social media, on a daily basis I talk about many different forms of abuse and what they look like.”

Further, she said, she wanted to let abused people know that they “were not imagining the horrible emotional and psychological effects of what you experienced. Even if it doesn’t qualify as abusive under common notions that only validate physical abuse, it’s still real and your pain is real. And you deserve so much better. We all do.”

Take a look at some of the tweets that were shared, where the survivors have expressed how they were emotionally abused:

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#MaybeHeDoesntHitYou Sheds Light On The Dark Reality Of Emotional Abuse
The new hashtag #MaybeHeDoesntHitYou has thrown light over the sticky and often neglected reality of emotional abuse.
Chaitra Ramalingegowda

Chaitra Ramalingegowda

I fell in love with storytelling long before I knew what it was. Love well written stories, writing with passion, baking lip-smacking-finger-licking chocolate cakes, engaging movies, and home-cooked food. A true work-in-progress and a believer in the idiom 'all those who wander are not lost'. Twitter: @ChaitraRlg