A client sent me a link today to an article that seems very appropos in many divorces where domestic abuse, including physical, emotional and economic abuse are occurring. Often, it's not until the divorce is in progress that an abused spouse will recognise or acknowledge the abuse. Some of the worst abuse come from a narcissist. See here the Mayo Clinic's description of the narcissistic personality disorder.
Often, a narcissist's emotional abuse towards a spouse escalates during divorce. The good news: abused spouses can minimize the impact of abuse by learning what games narcissists play--but only if they learn to recognize the symptoms and learn how to defend against and deflect the abuse.
Read more at Suite101: Emotional Abuse During Divorce: Coping With a Narcissist When a Marriage Breaks Up
There are many agencies available to help women and their families to escape and/or to prevent family violence. See, for example:
Domestic violence resources ·
Tel. 415-954-9988, ext. 315 Email: email@example.com
National Institute of Justice and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
A collection of news articles concerning domestic violence and sexual violence is found here on the website of the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence
If you need crisis help:
24-hour line: 888-664-8624
24-hour line: 248-334-1274
24-hour line: 734-995-5444
Detroit Police Department Rape Counseling Center and Domestic Violence
24-hour lines: 313-833-1660 or 313-833-9813
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