On December 21, 2016, I was violently assaulted by my ex-boyfriend of 5 years, and while the bruises on my arms, neck, back and legs have faded, the effects of the serious injuries, both physical and emotional, I sustained that night are still present.

My advice, for what it’s worth, be gentle with yourself.  Cycle of abuse is complex and takes a long time to undo, but it can be done.  Accept that he will never change and stop all contact, because it is only then that the healing begins.

I recently came across a collection of poems , written by another survivor.  Her words resonate in ways I can’t describe.