Not all abuse is physical, although the threat may be there. Although my story differs slightly (and I may get into this more in the future), the “methods” of the abuser was the same pattern.
In her open letter to women in abusive relationships, Katie Portman writes:
It’s so subtle that by the time you’ve noticed what’s really going on, it’s too late. Before you know it, you’re in way over your head wondering what the hell has happened. You become confused, upset, bewildered and terrified. You long for the man you met and don’t recognise the monster he has become.
You hang on to the memories of the man you fell in love with and to any bit of positive, reasonable behaviour as proof that he IS ok. That you will be ok. But deep down in your heart, you know the truth. As did I.
I say this to you because I understand what it is like to love a man whose behaviour is often monsterous. Because…
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