Please, if anyone is in an abusive relationship, get help for yourself and your loved ones if it’s possible.
I haven’t been ‘me’ for years. That may sound like a bizarre statement, so please, let me explain.
I was stuck in an emotionally and verbally abusive relationship for 5 years. Stuck because I was committed to the relationship. Stuck because we have children. Stuck because I’d worked so hard for our children and I didn’t want to let it go. Stuck because I believed some of the things he had said about me and to me, that I was incapable, stupid and nothing without him.
Stuck because I was afraid to leave.
The immense pressure of being in an abusive relationship isn’t always tangible. It’s the kind of thing you get used to slowly, over time. Abuse isn’t thrown upon you all in one go. No one would get stuck in a relationship like that. Abuse creeps up and let’s you settle at each level, normalising before you progress…
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