This begins on an emotional plane. The abuser will question the validity of the victim’s relationships. The abuser might cast doubt on their intentions, their honesty or even their love toward the victim. Emotional distance is the goal. If the victim is isolated emotionally, then the victim will rely on the abuser even more to fill emotional needs.
This is successfully done through jealousy. This is a step that escalates quickly. The abuser leads the victim to believe he/she loves him/her and wants to protect him/her from people who do not really care about them. The abuser will restrict the victim from making new relationships, under the disguise you must spend all your time with the abuser. Later, the victim becomes extremely careful not to trigger the abusers jealously by allowing themselves to be isolated from others.
Again, isolating the victim from the others serves to ensure the victim remains naïve to the abuse.
The abuser needs the victim to stay home and allow the abuser to solely support the victim, so now the abuser begins to shut down the victim’s life. The abuser will verbally harass the victim and purposely get the victim into a fight with the abuser to prevent the victim from even attempting to leave the house. The abuser’s goal is the victim’s co-dependence upon the abuser.
The abuser will move the victim away from everything the victim knows and loves. The victim is effectively, isolated and trauma bonded to the abuser.