The childhood verse “sticks and stones may break our bones, but words will never hurt us” is NOT true for anyone who is on the receiving end of verbal abuse. Verbal abuse is violence or abuse where words are used instead of fists. Someone recently sent me a link to a awesome 1 minute video on the Power of Words and the change they can make in someones life. Words used for good, that are uplifting and kind, have great power to empower and change someone. But cruel and insulting words also have power. Power to control, to hurt and to demean.
Many times people don’t recognize verbal abuse—especially when it comes from a person they believe loves them. It can include put downs, name calling, criticism, anger and threats, manipulation and other controlling statements. Verbal abuse almost always occurs in abusive relationships where ‘Sticks and stones’ do break someones bones, and words breaks their spirit, confidence, hope and heart”