Are You Being Abused?


End Violence in the Home

End Violence in the Home

I have found that young women have many questions about battering. They seem to lack information they need to be safe. Domestic Violence or abuse is a crime punishable by a fine and jail time. The states vary with the laws. Battering can begin at any time in a relationship. During the dating phase, after the wedding, when a woman is pregnant, or as the children grow up.

Abuse is physical, verbal or emotional. It can also be a combination of any of these. You have the right to live without fear.  Often in an abusive relationship, the abuser will begin trying to isolate the woman from friends and neighbors. He doesn’t want anyone to have influence on his woman besides him. Often he wants the women to stay home and not work. That outside contact can make controlling her more difficult. If a woman is working, she often is quiet at work. She is passive and is in the emergency room frequently. If she confides in a co-worker, she will insist that she loves and needs him. He says he loves her too. But this is not love. This is torture.

There is a cycle of violence which was identified in the seventies.

There is a cycle of violence which was identified in the seventies.

you_cant_beat_a_woman_fridge_magnet-r2f60f43b75094530ab858f2d1647231d_x7js9_8byvr_324If you can’t bring yourself to leave, then fill a go bag with items that are extremely necessary. Money, prescriptions, clothes, ID for you and the children, and what ever your children will need immediately. Hide it well. If another attack happens you will need these things to flee. If you can’t get to the go bag, just leave and go to your local shelter. Husbands do kill wives. So your safety is vital. The things he has told you about being stupid, ugly, trash, or that you want to be hit is pure BS. Don’t buy into what he says. There is nothing you can do to justify his abusing you.

National Organization of Women

National Organization of Women

The fear you live with day in and day out does not mean you deserve it or asked for it. Examples of physical abuse are: pinching, slapping,hitting, punching, burning, pushing you, twisting your arms, and you have the right to live without violence. Forced sex in a marriage is rape…spousal rape. It is also illegal. It is hard to leave because you often still love him but you need to be a good role model for your children.

Anatomy of Violence

Anatomy of Violence

Domestic Violence is learned generation after generation. Little girls learn to be victims and little boys learn to be abusers. Some boys will try to stop their fathers and will punch and kick and yell at the father to stop the violence. Even if the violence is not turned against him, he learns to disrespect women. He will statistically become an abuser.  So your children need positive role models. They need to know that you can discuss problems and work them out. Remember if your abuser kills you he may very well end up raising your children.

There is nothing wrong with you. You do not deserve to be hit, spit at, spoken to in a demeaning manner. Your city has many people who care what happens to you and your children. There is help available.

Stop the Violence

Stop the Violence

Don’t let this be you. You deserve better. If you need to go to a hospital for your injuries, tell the ER staff what really happened. They will notify the police and they will call the shelter for you. If you are being hit now, get out and you will find love again, the community will help you with housing and education. No one deserves to be beaten. It is so hard to decide about all of these things when you are being beaten frequently, but believe me you can go on to a good life. A life where you are safe and live without violence.

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10 thoughts on “Are You Being Abused?

  1. stacilys says:

    Hey there. That’s a great title, “Tears are words from the heart that can’t be spoken”. It’s great that you’re writing about abuse of women. My husband is in the post production phase of a film that will be used to combat human sex trafficking and tourism. We live in Brazil and the World Cup is coming here this year so that’s why this theme right now for the film. If you would like to check out the trailer you can do so here: http://stacilys.wordpress.com/2013/12/12/the-official-teaser-to-my-hubbys-second-feature-length-film-internal-mazes/

    • I will be honored to look at it. I helped start a Domestic Violence shelter. I am humbled that you stopped by and left a message. Hugs, Barbara

      • stacilys says:

        Awesome. Good on you. You should check out this documentary by a group called “Exodus Cry”. The name of the documentary is “Nefarious”. It is super strong. I think you would be one that would appreciate it.
        Blessings =)

    • I have watched it. It is intense and looks very good. I’m impressed. Hugs, Barbara

      • stacilys says:

        Oh great. I’m glad you liked it. It’s to be released in May this year. We are currently working on the post production audio. I will be doing all the translation for it soon. And thank you so much for reblogging it.
        =)

  2. inavukic says:

    The very fact that shelters like the one you helped establish exist, Barbara, gives courage to the abused to seek help, to hold someone’s hand while running away – and staying away – from abuse. So proud of you my friend XX

  3. We must have been on the same wavelength… but a different perspective. If you’d like to take a look…. thanks Susan x http://owlsandorchids.com/2014/01/24/pushed-to-the-limit/

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