So.. mental and verbal abuse is to be treated with the same severity as physical abuse when it comes to domestic violence.
Often, the mental abuse lasts far longer than the bruises and scars.
Mental abuse can make a person fear thier own freedom.
It's a vicious cycle.
I had a conversation recently about this and it was clear that some cultures do not recognize or treat domestic violence as domestic violence.
This is true of women, and men
For some, it's a mans right.. it's a family matter.. family dispute.. and should be dealt with and remain 'contained' within the family as a family mater.
To report such a thing to the 'authorities' would be an outrage
Therefore, perhaps what's required is education and training...cultural change, criminalizing men ( or women) is not always the best way forward.
Some may need to be locked up for sure. But others may just need to rethink the true value of women..
.. and that includes women also.
I wondered also..
is lying and/or cheating on your 'partner' a form of mental abuse?