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JoyBoroAngel Report 20 Jun 2008 22:03

i agree blue eyes

they are so brave well done girls xx

Mrs.  Blue Eyes

Mrs. Blue Eyes Report 20 Jun 2008 21:29

I think it takes a lot of courage to post your personal stories of abuse and my hat goes off to you all.
Mental abuse is just as bad as physical abuse, both sap your self esteem and self image, and leave you feeling vunerable and worthless, I believe that's why so many people take such a long time to leave the abuser..



JoyBoroAngel Report 20 Jun 2008 21:24

THANK YOU for sharing your experiences

showing others there is life after abuse

i wish you all well

like i said dont be a victim


UzziInSunshine Report 20 Jun 2008 21:12

I dont post often now but I will do this
I was physically and mentally abused by my 1st OH. At the age of 17 I was so brave by 18 I was a shadow. It took a lot for me to leave and I didnt have kids just fear.He threatened and hit out when I finally went, for 20 years he followed me. I am now happily married and I have never felt safer. there are bad days when I think I believe what he said but I then remember how strong I was before him, and how weak he must be.There is a light at the end of the tunnel and happiness does not need to be earned but is natural. Everybody has a right to their own life

Cumbrian Caz~**~

Cumbrian Caz~**~ Report 20 Jun 2008 21:04

Thanks Joy, i suffered and got out but can understand anyone who tries to make it work and hopes things will change,

Caz xx


JaneyCanuck Report 20 Jun 2008 21:02

No, not direct -- just knowledgeable. ;)

In fact, I have endured emotional/financial abuse, which is in a way worse in that it's not as recognizable, to one's self. Not worse in its effects than real, thorough-going physical and mental abuse, I don't want to say that. Just more insidious, harder to see, even, that you *need* to put an end to it.

I did, eventually. Put him on a bus. He died 10 years later on his side of the border, clean and sober a year, but too late.

So I do know the ideas one gets ... if one just tries harder (I never thought anything was my fault, I just thought I could fix his problems) ...

And I know there are always reasons not to leave that can overwhelm the reasons to leave, when you're stuck on the inside and can't see the forest for the trees -- particularly, for many women, when the reasons to leave involve herself, and the reasons not to leave involve children, or the man himself (he needs her), or even pets.

Mrs.  Blue Eyes

Mrs. Blue Eyes Report 20 Jun 2008 20:57

hi Kathryn do you have any experience of this personally? you seem quite knowledable.. if you prefer not to answer I understand.. xx


JaneyCanuck Report 20 Jun 2008 20:48

Well, Merlin, if you're going to say "The one thing I cannot and will not understand", what might you expect anyone to say in reply?

You will not understand. Fine, your decision. If you change your mind, there's always google.

One thing I thought I'd mention, because you Brits are such animal lovers, is the role played by abuse and threats of abuse of pets.

It's a very real phenomenon that some women are afraid to get to safety because they are afraid of what the abusive man will do to their pets. It's not uncommon for such men to harm pets in order to intimidate the woman, and to threaten to do so in order to maintain control over the woman and prevent her from leaving. Not everyone has a place to go where they can take dogs and cats.

Just as the importance - to people - of caring for their pets in disasters became apparent in Hurricane Katrina, the importance of giving abused women a way to save themselves *and* their pets is being realized.

If any of you here work with animal rescue groups -- I know there are some -- this is something you might want to consider.

An animal welfare group hooking up with women's shelters and services to offer shelter to pets so that women can escape dangerous situations could provide just the thing that a woman needs to get to safety.


Jello Report 20 Jun 2008 20:23

I also heard on the course I went on that women will suffer about 30 something episodes of abuse before they finally leave their partners. Can't remember exact figure but it is astonishing how much.

To make that first move is a very brave step to take. 2 ladies talked on the course about their experiences. One moved from the North East to Stockport with very little possessions and her children. They were living proof their is life after domestic violence just like Twinkly says.

Be strong! it can be done!

Janet xx


Twinklyoceanblue Report 20 Jun 2008 17:32

well said Cat....Merlin...I cannot explain why I stayed with my first husband for as long as I did...or why I defended him...all I knew was I loved him and wanted to be with him x


Twinklyoceanblue Report 20 Jun 2008 17:29

I am living proof that there is life after an abusive relationship.....and happiness....and normality xx


tee Report 20 Jun 2008 17:27

i also was in a bad way, i got beat up and put into hospital for 3 months i stayed with him because i loved him and thought he would change, but he did not and i left with my kids moved to another city with nothing but a bag full of clothes, went to the houseing explained they put me tempary acom and within a month i was in my own new home, never looked back since. but having said that i also no men who suffer in the same way as us so its not just a female problem. my best advice get out before its too late.

Wild Cat

Wild Cat Report 14 Jun 2008 14:19

Hi, Merlin,fraid one reply to that is often person is afraid to leave & also to degree they often brainwashed into misconception they 'deserve this'
added factor can be for sake of children too. (If any)
Sadly if person has low esteem things can spiral:(
Afraid to say its your sisters loss,not yours not meaning that badly:) My cousin also backed her violent partner same.I fully understand your reaction


Merlin Report 14 Jun 2008 14:12

The one thing I cannot and will not understand is the Women who stay with the ??????? who abuse them.My Sisters Husband beat her up very badly,I only found out about it when she came to my home in a bad way.I put him in Hospital for 6 months,I got a suspended sentence for it.She went back to him and has,nt spoken to me since,said I should,nt have hurt him. I don,t know what she expected me to do when I saw what he had done to her?.**M**.:o((>.

Ladylol Pusser Cat

Ladylol Pusser Cat Report 14 Jun 2008 13:58


Ladylol Pusser Cat

Ladylol Pusser Cat Report 14 Jun 2008 11:27

well done tina thats the first step, if you feel that you are threatend in your own home you must contact police straight away , he is going to be angry and may want revenge, did you know some one from domestic abuse can come and collect you and take you to a safe house, im going to pm you my number please use it if you need to xxx

Teddys Girl

Teddys Girl Report 14 Jun 2008 11:17

When we saw this on TV, and read on here, I said to OH, Glad you are like you are and never been nasty, or violent to me he said (bringing lightness to the subject)

I know what I would get from you I would be wearing my b...s as earrings.

Joking apart, I think it must take a lot of courage for these people, both male and female to admit to abuse.


Tina-Marie Report 14 Jun 2008 10:58

Reported OH yesterday... he went one one step too far. Thank you for threads like these, gave me the courage and conviction to do something about it.


Websterbfc Report 14 Jun 2008 10:09

hi joy

how odd that i have posted a thread so similar to yours on the same day. I didn't see this one or i would have added to it instead of starting another xx

Ladylol Pusser Cat

Ladylol Pusser Cat Report 14 Jun 2008 09:05

nudging this because if there is somone on here in fear, get help now before its too late.
i decided to kick him out when he knocked me out , i suddenly realised who was gonna look after my kids if he had killed me , i did have to go in a safe hostel, but enjoyed it there no bills no pressure own facilitys own kitchen and shower, i know joy won't mind me saying but if you want please pm me nothing said would ever ever be repeated xxxx love puss xx