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A Focus Series

Verbal and emotional abuse

Identifying and finding freedom from this often overlooked relational abuse
Inside this Series

The wounds of verbal and emotional abuse go deep. Because there is no visible bruise, people who have been abused this way tend to keep silent or minimize the severity of their hurt, as the effects are hard to prove. God wants to heal those wounds and speak words of blessing instead of cursing – and he wants us to be his mouthpiece as well. After all, our words have the power of life or death, so we need to be careful how we speak.

The following articles, broadcasts and resources shine a light on this often overlooked relational abuse. Whether you’re facing this in your own life, you know of someone who is hurting, or you’re still dealing with the wounds of your past, we want you to know you are not alone.

We have a team dedicated to caring for you. Call us at 1.888.868.0653 for prayer and counselling support. One of our in-house counsellors can speak to you over the phone or we can get you connected to a counsellor in your area. To learn more about our counselling service, visit

Identifying emotional and verbal abuse

Since the wounds of verbal and emotional abuse often go unnoticed, it can be difficult to understand what it looks like and how it impacts us. These articles and resources will help you see the truth of the abuse so you can start on a path toward healing.

Emotional and verbal abuse in marriage

God designed the marriage relationship to be a safe place of belonging and support. Sadly, there are many marriages where there are patterns of abuse go unchecked – and when concerns are raised, in many cases they are misunderstood or dismissed. The following articles, broadcasts and resources will help you identify destructive behaviour in your marital relationship and empower you with tools to make a change.

Emotional and verbal abuse in family relationships

When we experience emotional and verbal abuse in our family relationships – especially as children – those wounds can become a burden we carry throughout our lives. The following articles, broadcasts and resources will guide you down a journey of identifying the impact and finding freedom through forgiveness.

When a loved one is in an abusive relationship

Are you concerned for your son or daughter? Does your friend’s marriage set off alarm bells? It can be difficult to identify emotional and verbal abuse in someone else’s life, but the following articles and resources will give you more insights into what to watch for and how you can respond well.


If you or someone you know is looking for additional support in this area, we encourage you to look at the help offered by Best Marriages, Public Health Agency of Canada, When Love Hurts, The RAVE Project and MCC Abuse Response and Prevention. You can also contact our care and counselling team to speak to one of our in-house counsellors or get connected to a registered counsellor in your area. Call us at 1.888.868.0653 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT and ask to speak with the care associate.