I know in the past that Melissa (aka the ConsumerQueen) has opened up about being abused as a child. I (Princess Karen) was in a very physically and mentally abusive marriage for a little over five (5) years. Today is the one year anniversary of the day that I had the strength to say enough is enough when my husband (now EX) told me he was going to kill me while hitting me. If that was not bad enough my then three (3) year old son was watching.
I understand how hard it is to make that call and to have your spouse or significant other arrested. I also understand the inability to make that call all the times before when it should have been made. I want to give anyone in a similar situation the encouragement to speak up and do everything you can to get out. Sure, it is hard in the beginning……I was the breadwinner in the house since he did not work so it was a tiny bit easier on me than if I was a stay at home parent however the local YWCA can help.
In the past year I have a better relationship with my children, I am less stressed and I managed to finish my Associates Degree with Honors while still working my job.
Remember you are worth it…..no matter what your abuser is telling you you ARE strong, you ARE powerful and you DO have the ability to make it without them! I am NOT a domestic abuse victim I am a domestic abuse SURVIVOR! You can be too!Note: My son HAS been in therapy and I never would have done anything to hurt my child. My ex husband never hit ANY of my children and normally did not strike me in front of my children either. I do not want anyone to think I was putting my children in harms way.