Breaking Up with an Emotionally Abusive Partner via Text

Breaking Up with an Emotionally Abusive Partner via Text breaking up with an emotionally abusive partner via text
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The decision to end a relationship, especially one marked by emotional abuse, is undoubtedly a challenging one. The method chosen to communicate this decision adds another layer of complexity. You may be weighing whether to call them, go to their place, have a coffee date with them, or simply searching for a decent way to break up with someone who has done awful things to you.

Breaking up via text message has often been frowned upon in traditional relationship advice. It is not considered the most decent way to end a relationship, and you may even face criticism for choosing this method. You may genuinely feel or receive advice from your family or friends suggesting that what you’re considering or planning to do is not morally right. So, in the context of emotional abuse, where personal safety and well-being take precedence, this question arises: Is it okay to break up with an emotionally abusive person via text message?

Prioritizing Personal Safety

When someone is being emotionally abusive, it can make things feel really unsafe and unpredictable. Making sure you are safe is the most important thing. Sometimes, talking to the person face-to-face might make things worse or put you in danger. So, sending a breakup message by text can be a way to have more control over the situation and keep yourself safe.

Moreover, a person who engages in emotional abuse can be unpredictable and may not handle rejection well. They might react strongly, and in some cases, this reaction can escalate to dangerous behaviors. Sending a breakup message from a distance can act as a protective measure, reducing the likelihood of immediate confrontations or harmful reactions. It allows for a safer and more controlled way to communicate the decision, minimizing the potential risks associated with ending the relationship, especially when dealing with someone who may not take the news lightly. It’s all about finding a way to end things that puts your safety first.

Avoiding Manipulation

Another reason why it’s okay to end a relationship via text is that it shields you from their usual and effective manipulation tactics. Emotionally abusive individuals are skilled at manipulation, and when they sense they’re losing control, they may resort to extreme measures. This could involve intimidation, threats of self-harm, exposure, child custody threats, or unexpected actions designed to make you reconsider leaving the relationship.*et9czc*_ga*MTkxNjcxMDU2NC4xNjg1MDA1MjYw*_ga_6LJN6D94N6*MTY5ODczNDU3OC4yMjQuMC4xNjk4NzM0NTc4LjAuMC4w

By opting for a text message, you create a barrier against their last-minute manipulation attempts, especially if you recognize that you still feel fragile and vulnerable to their tactics. In a relationship marked by emotional abuse, your self-esteem and confidence might be low, making it challenging to resist their efforts or stand your ground. A text message can protect you from the various techniques they might employ during a face-to-face confrontation.


Another significant reason why ending a relationship via a text message is empowering is that it demonstrates to yourself that you have the strength to do it. It’s like asserting your independence and sending a clear message, similar to a final “middle finger,” to someone who has made your life incredibly difficult. In emotionally abusive relationships, the abuser often seeks to control and diminish your sense of self-worth.

By choosing to end things through a text message, you reclaim a sense of agency and self-determination. It’s a symbolic act of breaking free from the emotional chains that bound you and declaring that you have the power to make decisions for yourself. This can be a crucial step towards rebuilding your self-esteem and taking control of your own narrative after enduring a challenging and abusive relationship.


In conclusion, a part of your being may genuinely perceive breaking up with someone via a message as cruel and inhumane, and you might be tempted to heed it. However, resist that urge; you’ve endured too much and faced too much cruelty in that relationship for such an act to be compared merely to sending a message.

It’s inappropriate to gauge the best way to end things based on what they’ve put you through. Prioritize your safety, and don’t overly concern yourself with morality, which was discarded when someone consistently used and lied to you to fulfill their needs.

Note from the Author

If you’re ready and you’d like my help with healing, finding peace in life and breaking free from these toxic patterns, then you can book a FREE BREAKTHROUGH CALL with me HERE. Happy healing 💙💙. Feel free to share and comment! Use this information with caution, it comes from my own thoughts & bias, experiences and research😊.

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I'm Edwin Bii, a trained advanced conversational hypnotherapist (ACH) and Mind Shifting Coach from Kenya offering mental health support, and life coaching to help you crush your goalsand overcome your problems. Together, we'll navigate challenges, build self-awareness, and create a happier, healthier you. Let's unlock your potential.

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