He was kind and caring, and then he turned mean and violent. He told me it was my fault he got so angry. I believed him for the longest time. I believed he wanted to change.
If you are a survivor of abuse, you have experienced all those emotions and beliefs. Each of us thinks we are unique; No one else would choose to live the way we did. Wrong!
Listen to the stories of 4 women who have escaped abuse. Pay attention to their statements about what they would say to others. Your story is not that unique. And, you are not alone. Abuse is real and we don’t have to live with it!
Somewhere in the recesses of our minds we feel guilty for having left our abuser...on some level you still love him; (even years later) you wonder how he’s doing.
We’re barreling toward another holiday season, and it’s easy to excavate only the good memories. The hurtful, nasty, unhappy holiday memories are buried pretty deep…and they aren’t fun to think about.
For support and inspiration this holiday season, take a look at Surviving the Holidays Mastermind at www.survivingabusenetwork.com/holidays
This time of year, it’s important to remind yourself why you left. And, don’t get sucked back in!
Today, Mickie talks about her early holiday experiences after leaving abuse and offers 9 tips from the National Domestic Abuse Hotline that may help maintain your emotional health through the holidays.