DV 101, Part 3

Verbal Abuse

After a male abuser lures his victim into an early living/marriage commitment the subterfuge begins. He is extraordinarily sneaky, often cheating on you behind your back; he begins to undermine you with backhanded compliments;your strengths/gifts that he initially applauded are now targets of put-downs. You are now experiencing a tone of voice you’ve never heard, the head games, hostility and psychological warfare on your being have begun.

Once in awhile he will put the knight in shining armor mask back on, to string you along and give you just a small taste of the bait to keep you hoping…hoping he will turn back into the man who courted you and that you fell in love with.