Anyone who has never been in an abusive relationship will never understand how difficult it is to leave it.
3 years later when I look back at my abusive relationship I tell myself that if anyone was treating me that way now – I would leave them straight away.
The thing about an abusive relationship is that it does not start with an abuse. An abuser only attacks his/her victim when the ladder is deep in the relationship and is manipulated so much that the abuse is then believed to be a form of punishment for victim who is not being good enough, not succeeding at making the abuser happy and simply is given another chance to try harder next time.
Slowly but surely the victim will start apologizing for anything and everything the abuser is not happy about and become afraid of the abusive partner.
Afraid to stand up…
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