The French government is likely to pass a bill banning psychological violence among married or cohabiting couples. Critics of the bill argue that psychological violence is difficult to prove while supporters warn that stopping psychological violence could prevent physical violence. If left unchecked, the person committing the psychological abuse may sometimes take it to the physical level.
Psychological violence occurs when a partner is insulted repeatedly. It’s verbal or emotional abuse that doesn’t stop. While psychological violence may leave no physical scars, it can damage people psychologically. It can also cause great harm to a person’s self-esteem.
What’s your opinion of this controversial French bill? Do you think it would be effective in helping to prevent physical violence?
You could ask why the abused person doesn’t just leave. However, it’s not always as simple, especially if the person doesn’t realize the abuse is taking place. Those who inflict mental abuse tend to downplay what they’re doing, saying it’s in the victim’s head or that they’re just joking. At times, economics may also play a role in an abused partner staying in a relationship. Both women and men suffer from emotional abuse at the hands of their partners. Yet, men may be more reluctant to seek help.
There are several warning signs that you may be in an abusive relationship. If you fear your partner and you’re humiliated or yelled at, you’re likely being abused. If you’re left feeling emotionally numb, your partner may be treating you as an object rather than a person. You may be in an abusive relationship if your partner ignores your opinions and leaves you believing that you deserve to be mistreated. (Source: helpguide.org)
Read more about the probable French bill banning psychological violence at BBC.
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