How many people suffer from mental abuse?

Whatever number you find will be an under reporting. People do not report mental abuse as often as they report physical abuse and we know that is underreported. Studies have demonstrated numbers from 7 to 8% on telephone survey to 30 to 35% on interview to higher estimates by groups who deal with abuse on a daily basis.

Because people who are mentally abused tend to blame themselves for being abused, they do not report the abuser. We build our perception of ourselves through the response and input from others. Mental abusers are very good at making their victims believe they are inferior, to blame for everything that's wrong in their lives, inadequate, and on and on. It takes a lot of insight, hard personal work and distance from the abuse to see yourself in any other way. 

Mental abuse is a common form of domestic and child abuse. It is estimated that as many as 30 percent of marriages in the United States are physically abusive. The victims of domestic abuse are most commonly women, but children are also affected. It is estimated that 3.3 million children witness physical and verbal abuse at home every year in the United States. Of this number, almost 900,000 children in the United States are abused and neglected every year.

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