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Betrayal Trauma & Emotional Abuse

by | Abuse Literacy

Betrayal Trauma & Emotional Abuse

Betrayal Trauma Is Real – And Serious

Emotional abuse and betrayal victims experience betrayal trauma. The symptoms of betrayal trauma can be severe and debilitating.

Some women experience severe physical symptoms like autoimmune diseases, migraines, and fatigue. Others may experience debilitating mental and emotional symptoms.

For me the trauma affected me with anxiety, trying to control the situation, depression, obsession.

Anne Blythe Founder of BTR.ORG

Victims of Betrayal Trauma and Emotional Abuse Deserve a Voice

Tragically, family, friends, clergy, and therapists further abuse victims. When they say that the emotional abuse is not real or serious, victims are re-traumatized.

 “That was the most traumatizing part–going for help, screaming and yelling saying ‘I need help!’ and having people just look at me and say, ‘Well, stop asking him questions. Stop making such a ruckus.’ It was so awful.”

Anne Blythe, Founder of BTR.ORG

Women in Betrayal Trauma May Experience Significant Grief

Women feel immense grief when they experience emotional abuse and/or physical, sexual, or other kinds of relational abuse at the hands of a partner. Often, they go through these incredibly difficult emotions alone.

I felt like my husband had died – he was gone. He had abused me and betrayed me and then he was gone, and didn’t do anything to try and change or resolve the situation – which felt like another betrayal. And I felt so alone. My three children and I were abandoned.

Anne Blythe, Founder of BTR.ORG

What Does Betrayal Trauma Feel Like?

Wondering if you are in betrayal trauma? Often, victims experience:

  • Grief
  • Numbness
  • Rage
  • Depression
  • Insomnia and other sleep issues
  • Difficulty eating or overeating
  • Anxiety
  • Terror
  • Paranoia
  • Headaches
  • Body aches and pains

BTR.ORG Supports Victims of Emotional Abuse & Betrayal

At BTR, we understand the severity of emotional abuse and betrayal trauma. Our BTR.ORG Group Sessions are live and interactive, offering community, support, and validation to women all over the world. We would love to see you in a session today.


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  1. Leslie

    I just found this podcast and am excited to have another resource for my recovery! Thank you for doing this!

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    I love it!! This is great!! Thank you!!


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