Dominican-American writer Zahira Kelly is taking it to Twitter to raise awareness about emotional abuse and help people to “suss out damaging situations.”
Zahira is using the hashtag #MaybeHeDoesntHit You and when she started Tweeting the hashtag, she had no idea that it would end up going viral.
“Abuse is often seen as very cut and dry, and only physical. For several years now on social media, on a daily basis I’ve talked about many different forms of abuse and what they look like,” said Kelly.
The thousands of tweets, using the hashtag, aim to raise awareness of the signs of non-physical abuse. Twitter users are listing examples of emotionally abusive behavior, such as “#MaybeHeDoesntHitYou but he manipulates you and controls you.”
In the UK, emotional abuse or coercive control as it is known, has grained prominence in the UK over the past couple months. Last year, a new law made it a criminal offense with a jail sentencing of up to five years.