Domestic violence is undeniably a serious problem worldwide. In the United States, a woman is beaten by an intimate partner every nine seconds, yet domestic abuse may often not be physical. Emotional abuse is much harder to detect and tends to be overlooked. Now, a Twitter hashtag is attempting to change this.

 

The hashtag #MaybeHeDoesntHitYou shines a light on emotional abuse in relationships and is still garnering tweets after trending last week. Started by Dominican-American writer and artist Zahira Kelly, #MaybeHeDoesntHitYou has provided a space for women to share their experiences of psychological abuse. It has become an educational space, offering up a different perspective on what abuse looks like.

 

What initially started with Kelly sharing her experiences has snowballed, as other women joined. Kelly wanted to let people dealing with emotional abuse know that they aren’t imagining things and that their pain is real. Some men have also entered the conversation, sharing their incidents using the hashtag #MaybeSheDoesntHitYou. Tweets show that abuse is not limited to the physical and have been pointing out signs that suggest one is being emotionally abused.

 

Some of the most poignant tweets from #MaybeHeDoesntHitYou reveal the issue of control within relationship and are a good learning tool for those who don’t know.

 

 

How can we create safer relationships free from abuse? Let us know  your thoughts by leaving a comment below or reaching me on Twitter @rafeeeeta