Verbal Abuse : Another form of violence
Dr Michael Obsatz in his book, ‘raising non violent children in a violent world’ defines violence as actions or words which are intended to hurt people. So, we can invariably say that even our use of words with people can hurt them. This type of violence is best called verbal abuse. ‘Verbal abuse also known as reviling is described as a negative defining statement told to the person or about any person or by withholding any response thus defining the target as non-existent. If the abuser doesn’t immediately apologize and retract the defining statement, the relationship may be a verbally abusive one’, the verbally abusive relationship by Patricia Evans.