My partner hasn’t hit me but he’s mean to me and the children. Is this abuse?

Abusive people are often more emotionally abusive than physically abusive and some victims of abuse never or rarely experience physical violence. Emotional abuse can include insults, controlling behaviour, threats - sometimes to harm you and sometimes to harm themselves, tantrums and unpredictable behaviour. These forms of abuse can have long-lasting impacts on adults and children but they can sometimes be hard to pin down as abusive.

IDAS believes that everyone has the right to have an equal and fulfilling relationship and that any close relationship should be based on mutual trust and respect.

If you have concerns about your relationship please talk this through with one of our specialist workers on our helpline.