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How to Deal with a Verbally Abusive Boyfriend. No one deserves to be anyone else's punching

bag, physically or verbally. Take steps to remedy the situation. You will need Self-awareness

Courage Determination and counseling (optional). Step 1. Recognize that there are many forms

of abuse that don't include physical violence. If your boyfriend demeans you, makes you account

for your whereabouts, tells you how to dress and act, or tries to dictate who you can and

cannot see, those are all forms of abuse. Verbal abuse often escalates to physical abuse.

Step 2. Don't blame yourself. Despite what he may say, you are not bringing this on yourself.

No one deserves to be treated disrespectfully. Step 3. Suggest he get counseling to deal

with the issues that might be driving his behavior, like low self-esteem. You might

also benefit from counseling to help you understand the impact of his abuse. Step 4. Tell your

boyfriend you will not tolerate insults or controlling behavior -- and mean it. Prepare

for the possibility you might walk out. Step 5. If the abuse continues, end the relationship.

Break things off during the day, in a public place, just to be on the safe side. Ask trusted

friends to keep an eye out for retaliatory behavior. If he's given you any reason to

feel unsafe, try not to be alone for a while after the breakup. Step 6. Resist his attempts

to win you back. Abusive relationships often fit a pattern of cruelty, followed by apologies

and promises to change, followed by more abuse. Did you know One in four teenage girls has

experienced verbal abuse by a boyfriend.

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