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It’s tough out there, so please support Survivors

 

It is not only validating, but incredibly healing to read about the journey of other survivors.

“A victim of domestic abuse will not leave until the idea of staying is scarier than the idea of leaving.” I finally reached this point another too long ago. I’m officially a survivor now.

Freedom Within: My Journey through Domestic Violence & PTSD

Often, as I work with Survivors of Domestic Abuse, I hear how the life after abuse is much harder than living with the abuse. It’s sort of ironic to say that, but as a Survivor myself I do agree with that statement. For someone who has never lived with abuse you may ask, “How is that possible?” “Wouldn’t a life free of abuse be easier as you wouldn’t be abused?” Good question and you would think that would be the case, but in many ways it is not. Let me explain.

When you are in an abusive relationship, over time the abuse becomes familiar. Yes it is horrible but it is what you know. When I was in my abusive marriage the abuse was a terrible thing to endure, but it had become my normal. When someone would suggest leaving I became scared. I had lived so long in an…

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