10 Signs You're the Husband of an Abusive Wife
Domestic abuse is an allegation that is commonly raised within the family law setting, however, what defines domestic abuse is often confusingly limited to physical violence. It’s more common to see emotional abuse in marriages ending in divorce, and the abuser is less likely to be the husband as some may believe. Some studies suggest that up to 40% of domestic abuse is carried out against the husband, but that number is hard to specify because men are less likely to report abuse or claim abuse out of embarrassment, fear, or uncertainty of being believed.
It’s also not clear to most men what defines abuse and when they are being subjected to it. They may just believe “that’s just part of marriage” when they are in fact subjected to emotionally abusive behaviors. In order to address the issue, husbands should know what to look for. Here are 10 indicators you may be the victim of an abusive marriage.
The easiest thing for an abusive wife to do is to withhold affection. If she’s unjustifiably withholding affection as a punishment to the man, she’s exhibiting emotionally abusive behavior.
These traits are signs of abuse and are applicable to men just as much as women when they are identified within a domestic relationship. When husbands are subjected to these behaviors, it is traumatic in ways not quickly recognized and can contribute to insecurities, self-doubt, and depression in men as they try to navigate lives in which these are daily obstacles to overcome.