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12 Heartbreaking #MaybeHeDoesntHitYou Tweets Expose the Reality of Emotional Abuse

May 10, 2016

A trending Twitter hashtag in early May 2016 is teaching millions around the world an important lesson about relationship abuse: it’s not always physical.

Abuse is a pattern of controlling behavior that often (but not always) escalates into physical violence. It can start with negative comments about what you’re wearing, who you spend time with, or other subtle forms of manipulation. It can then lead to personal insults, public humiliation, and even financial abuse.

As the nation’s largest provider of domestic violence services (including shelters, legal representation, and counseling), we at Safe Horizon know all too well the common forms of non-physical relationship abuse. Among domestic violence survivors:

  • 87% say that their abuser insulted their family and friends.
  • 62% say that their abuser made them do something humiliating
  • 93% experienced economic abuse (preventing from working, harassment at work, ruining of credit score)
  • 31% were pressured to quit their job

#MaybeHeDoesntHitYou but that doesn’t mean that the relationship isn’t abusive.

That’s why this hashtag and the conversation it sparked over the past few days are so important. Together, they can inspire those experiencing abuse to seek help.

Read some of the tweets that we found most moving from this conversation below and feel free to share your own. Tweet #MaybeHeDoesntHitYou and also tag @SafeHorizon.

If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse, please call our 24/7 hotline at 1-800-621-HOPE or the 24/7 National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 today.

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