Verbal abuse is a form of psychological and emotional abuse
in which one person uses words to frighten, humiliate, bully, or control another person. It can occur between romantic partners, friends, family members, or in the workplace. An abuser might use insults, gaslighting, name-calling, criticism, or even threats of physical assault. Even if the abuse never becomes physically violent, it can have serious long-term effects on you. If you experience verbal abuse, you’re at risk of developing issues such as depression, anxiety, and chronic pain. You might live in constant fear of your abuser and wrestle with feelings of guilt, shame, and hopelessness.