"The underlying goal of emotional abuse is to control the victim by discrediting, isolating, and silencing.
In the end, the victim feels trapped. They are often too wounded to endure the relationship any longer, but also too afraid to leave. So the cycle just repeats itself until something is done."
In the last weeks the perpetrator asked if I was only staying because I was afraid to leave. I was too afraid to answer "yes". He began to see me deteriorating.