This week's article linked below is a brief intro to verbal abuse and the long-term effects it can have. Verbal abuse is definitely 'real' abuse even though it doesn't leave physical scars. Many abusers also combine this type of abuse with others including physical and sexual. It's a complex subject which I'll expand upon in further articles.
Please feel free to share your thoughts and experiences with this type of abuse when you're comfortable doing so. Verbal Abuse and Its Effects