Dating after emotional abuse

Emotional abuse takes a heavy toll on our hearts and minds, planting lies in our psyche that, left untended, can last long after the roller coaster is over.

It's hard to dig deep and identify these wounds, especially when we may not even be aware that we're still wounded.

The two men are known to be friends and begin dating after leading the gay men’s group together.

While their closest friends know that they are dating, Kyle insists on keeping the relationship a secret.

With most forms of emotional abuse, the victim is left feeling powerless, worthless, and broken inside.

These wounds don't leave visible scars, although they're just as painful as any physical injury.

We pick up the pieces and put our lives back together as best we can. We go back to our daily existence thinking everything is fine — but something still seems different.

Emotional abuse often precedes, occurs with, and/or follows physical or sexual abuse in relationships (Koss et al., 1994; Stets, 1991; Tolman, 1992; Walker, 1984).

Sexual and non-sexual physical abuse also co-occur in many abusive relationships (Browne, 1987; Mahoney & Williams, 1998; Walker, 1984), and, as with emotional abuse, sexual and non-sexual abuse often are combined elements of a single abusive incident (Bergen, 1996; Browne, 1987; Finkelhor & Yllo, 1985; Russell, 1990; Walker, 1984).

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