Violence is not only physical. Violence can be emotional, verbal and mental, which doesn’t necessarily include any physical contact between the abuser and the abused. One may not think they are being abused if they’re not being hurt physically. But it can create a deep impact on the victim’s physical and mental well-being.
Most of the times, we consider only the physical kind of violence as serious and tend to ignore the other forms and justify it by saying “Haath thodi na uthaaya hai.” But emotional and verbal abuse can have short-term and long-lasting effects that are just as serious as the effects of physical abuse.
Emotional and verbal abuse includes insults and attempts to scare, taunt, isolate, or control someone. It is also often a sign that physical abuse may follow. Emotional and verbal abuse may also continue if physical abuse starts. Emotional and verbal violence at home and office are closely connected to the identity of being a working women, which is accepted and justified in our society and is not recognized as violence. Streelink a campaign of Breakthrough is trying to address this issue.