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What is a Verbal Assault?

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Verbal abuse may seem harmless at first, yet its impact can be significant and have lasting repercussions for victims of an abusive relationship.

As emotionally abusive situations can be very serious, there are ways you can recognize them and protect yourself. First and foremost, seek professional assistance from a counselor.

Note that although verbal threats don’t involve physical contact, they still could result in criminal charges being filed in California.

What is verbal abuse?

Verbal abuse is a form of psychological violence which involves using words to intimidate or scare another individual, whether romantic, familial, co-worker, etc. Abusers may use various techniques such as yelling, cursing, criticizing, gaslighting and humiliation against their victims to harass them into submission.

These tactics may be either overt or covert; for instance, an abuser might yell at you in order to create fear for your safety or use manipulative techniques like accusations and blame to manipulate you into submission.

Some verbal abusers may try to control and manipulate you into believing they are always correct, making you feel ashamed for things which aren’t your responsibility, such as criticism from other people or failure at something. Such tactics can cause low self-esteem, depression and anxiety; therefore it’s essential that if someone is verbally abusing you it seek help from either a counselor or trusted family member immediately.

What are the signs of verbal abuse?

Verbal abuse refers to any behavior where someone uses words to cause physical or psychological harm to another individual. Verbal abuse can take many forms – from outright insults or taunting, to more subtle forms such as discounting someone else’s thoughts or feelings or suggesting they are unreasonable, as well as attributing relationship difficulties directly back onto them.

Assaultive behaviors may be hard to spot in intimate relationships where abusers have more access to your intimate details. Abuse may also occur over the phone or through text messaging services and other technologies.

Beseeching help and support when experiencing domestic abuse is crucial to recovering. Speaking with a therapist can give you the space you need to establish boundaries, improve communication skills and create an action plan for both physical and emotional safety. You can find one using an online therapist directory.

Is it against the law to abuse someone verbally?

Many are shocked to learn they could face criminal charges for verbal abuse even without physical contact or injuries occurring. Verbal harassment should never be treated lightly as this offense should never be taken lightly.

Verbal abuse is considered psychological or emotional abuse by law and may cause significant damage to its victims. Verbal assault typically takes place between intimate partners or family members and an individual with authority who abuses that power against someone who falls beneath them; but can also involve someone in authority with subordinate people being subjected to such attacks.

Verbal assault charges typically do not constitute criminal offense because their abuser is not directly causing physical injury with words alone. If this language continues to target an individual and creates an unsafe environment for them, however, this could constitute harassment or another criminal offense. Furthermore, abuse directed against protected classes like race or sexual orientation could constitute employment discrimination which violates civil law.

How can I fight a verbal assault charge?

Although verbal assault laws vary by state, in general it’s usually classified as either misdemeanor or felony offenses. Your lawyer can help defend you by showing there was no actual physical contact and that the accuser misinterpreted what you said; for example if a threat such as “I’m going to kill you” was made without following up with specific plans of action, that doesn’t qualify as deadly serious threat of bodily harm.

Your attorney can also argue that the alleged assault falls within your First Amendment right to freedom of speech, especially when insults or racial slurs are involved. If you’ve been charged with verbal assault, reach out immediately – our Austin criminal defense lawyers are on standby ready to offer assistance and provide a complimentary case evaluation while explaining all available legal options to protect your future success. We look forward to being part of your success journey.