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Abuse in any form hurts people. It hurts the victim and it hurts the person who is abusive. Abuse is often thought of in terms of physical violence or sexual violation. However, the most common form of abuse is verbal abuse. It includes criticisms, put-downs, yelling and screaming. If you put your spouse down you are abusing them. If we are attacking their character and who they are this is abuse.
There is a difference between asking for behavior changes and being critical of our spouse. If you want your spouse to love you STOP the abuse. If you are being abused find support. Abuse hurts all of society.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|