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I Am a Victim of Domestic Violence

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    I find it unbelievable how cruel people are

    towards abused women. How little real help there is for such a very serious and rampant social issue. I cannot tell you how many times I have heard no one can help you but you. You choose this. You allow this to happen. Well for the record I never allowed or choose this...
    anibee1230 anibee1230 36-40, F 1 Response Nov 9, 2014

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    I'm going through a custody battle.

    Unfortunately I have very little evidence of abuse. Just a couple of people who saw the bruises. Has anyone else gone through this? I'm in need of advice.
    taq1992 taq1992 22-25, F 54 mins ago

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    I am a victim of physical

    and emotional abuse, I am 25 and met him when I was 19. As many people say, they are charming at first and seemed very clever and manipulative with his words. It was an unhealthy relationship but we kept at it. Although I only really knew that I was a victim of emotional abuse...
    Brightheart89 Brightheart89 22-25, F 4 Responses Jan 16

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    Survivor

    That's what my social worker tells me when we visit and talk. Your not a victim your a survivor.    I see women who are TRUE survivors.  The ones who survive horrors.  I don't see myself as that.  I know women wear it like a proud badge of strength in some cases.  A...
    flodials flodials 41-45, F 8 Responses Jul 11, 2012

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    My moms boyfriend has been in the picture

    for almost all my life and I'm 22. I can't really remember a time of peace in my moms house. I know we lived in a domestic violence shelter for a while until she decided to go back to him. That's when my eyes were actually opened. I must of been about 7 when I said something...
    PurpleHoneyBee PurpleHoneyBee 22-25, F 2 Responses Feb 10

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    I'm glad i had enough strength to realize

    that there are too many men in the world to allow this ONE to belittle me..No more why didn't I call or pick up the phone..no more soon as i walk in the door getting slapped...never thought it would be me but it WAS--not anymore..
    learningLessons14 learningLessons14 18-21, F Dec 7, 2014

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    Jeradactyl Jeradactyl 22-25, F 4 Responses Nov 7, 2014

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    I wonder if I will ever forget him.

    I'm sure the answer is no. It's unfortunate but it's how it is. I wonder if he ever thinks of me and if so what he thinks. I want to know how he's doing. I want to talk to him. I was to unblock him on FB and see how he's doing. But most of all I want to forget. I want to...
    Jeradactyl Jeradactyl 22-25, F 3 Responses Nov 10, 2014

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    I've been a victim for 3 years

    and I couldn't let go of him until last month... I've been too scared to bring up the subject of breaking up but I did it last month. I felt proud. After years of being beaten and cheated on and raped by someone I thought I loved...
    tristful tristful 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 26

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    Do you stick up for yourself

    and get beaten worse or just take it in and beat yourself up on the inside. I chose to stick up for myself. Im left with tear stained cheeks, a jaw I cannot move, a chipped tooth and bruises everywhere. It was worth it. I needed him to know I am strong and he is not breaking me...
    itsmemargret itsmemargret 18-21 5 Responses Nov 6, 2014

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    It Came Out In Clumps

    The next day I washed my hair. It came out in clumps, some with skin still attached. I saved one and gave it to him. He looked at it squeamishly, like I had handed him a dead rat. He dropped it on the floor in disgust. “What?” I asked, “You tore it out, I thought you...
    lulabelle138 lulabelle138 31-35, F 2 Responses Sep 29, 2013

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    I am in a very bad situation.

    I have been verbally, emotionally, financially and physically abused by my ex for the past 5 years. I moved away from the U.S.A. to Argentina to be with him and work in his business. I left everyone and everything to be with him. Then I made the mistake to let my family come...
    sumaura85 sumaura85 26-30, F Jan 21

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    I just filed a protection order.

    I'm finally going to be free of him. I'm empowered, yet terrified.
    findinghome90 findinghome90 22-25, F 5 Responses Oct 21, 2014

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    I Did It.

    I called the police. He's in a cell right now. Court in 4 hours. I'll never let this happen again.
    AlexSparky AlexSparky 18-21, F 9 Responses Sep 13, 2013

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    The Sheep That Turned Into A Lion(Ess) - Story Dedicated To All Abused Male And Female Victims

    Ladies, to all of you out there living in (verbal, physical, economic) abusive relationships, please, hear me: God gave us freedom, it is the most precious jewel of all jewels, no one has the authority to take from you what God granted you with. Find the courage in your hearts...
    TNTandCHOCOLATE TNTandCHOCOLATE 31-35 3 Responses Jul 8, 2013

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    Stop the Hate!

    This is a blog i wrote on March 3 on my myspace. I was so tired of hearing beaten women bashed!! I am a huge DV activist in my hometown and hope that by informing the masses beaten women can avoid further humiliation. STOP CALLING WOMEN WHO  ARE BEING BEATEN AND ABUSED...
    amyjo3 amyjo3 26-30, F 12 Responses Mar 23, 2009

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    What is it about DV that just sticks with us

    for so long? I think it affects every relationship that I experience...maybe this is not a bad thing. I am wiser and just more aware-I move on everyday. Oh, by the way, I read this great book on Domestic Violence the other day "Beneath Dreary" (got it on google books).... Anyway...
    AramatLynn AramatLynn 46-50, F 3 Responses Jan 25

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    Lingering Effects

    I have written many stories. I have shared my pain and hopefully some of you have found some comfort or identify with the issues I have and am facing.  It has been several years since I physically left my abuser.  I tried to be civil and just go with the flow for a couple...
    flodials flodials 41-45, F 7 Responses Nov 28, 2012

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    I wake up to my boyfriend whispering in my ear

    your stupid, fat, ugly and no one will ever love you. I look around our apartment were going to lose soon and there's a hole in every door and there's still my blood stains in the closet. I hate being there it reminds me of all the times he's pulled my hair, kicked me, punched...
    phantom44a phantom44a 18-21, F 3 Responses Dec 3, 2014

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    I searched everywhere online to find a place to

    vent my story. I hope I finally found it. I am a victim of domestic violence. I wish I could could replace the word "victim" with the word "survivor". unfortunately my story has not currently ended. I was abused as a child sexually and physically by my father. a man I adored as...
    imsolost14 imsolost14 26-30, F 6 Responses Nov 8, 2014

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    Take The Night Back All They've Stolen All We Took From You

    I just wanted to stop by and drop a little song of support for y'all.  You all are inspirations to other s who need help.  I was suffering with some memories of a past situation and found this site and this group and through your words and wisdom you helped me past a dark part...
    Aether71 Aether71 36-40, M 6 Responses Jul 29, 2011

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    I'M A VICTIM OF DV, AND I JUST REALIZED THAT

    HISTORY REPEATED ITSELF I'M LIVING MY MOTHER NIGHTMARE, RIP .
    shela61 shela61 46-50, F Jan 25

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    When you've been a victim of domestic violence

    your whole world turns upside down. There is nothing more condradictory than the man who professes to love you harming you physically and emtionally. As all your thoughts are picked apart you begin to question everything....even you're reality... It's part denial.. It's hard to...
    Catsoutdabag Catsoutdabag 31-35, F 20 Responses May 3, 2014

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    So im gonna finally get this off my chest.

    Its been a dark cloud over my head for months. I want to change something that i cannot change. I am a victim of domestic violence. Its been haunting me for the past 6 months even though hes in prison now. I still miss him. Hes the father of my child and i do still love him. I...
    Heyababe Heyababe 18-21, F 6 Responses Dec 17, 2014

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    A Year Has Passed

    A Year has Passed Like Socrates said, “Wonder brings wisdom.” If you do not wonder about something how will you ever learn?My abuser did not want me to have knowledge, because knowledge is powerful, and that is what he took away from me, because he wanted power and control...
    awarren98 awarren98 36-40, F 15 Responses Jun 3, 2011

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    Just curious if others felt crazy

    while living in an abusive situation? The one minute he is helpful and nice and trying to the I live with a monster to the I just feel numb inside too the I want to run to the I want to die. How did you overcome the roller coaster of emotions and leave if you have left or how...
    anibee1230 anibee1230 36-40, F 1 Response Nov 7, 2014

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    What Now???

    So I was with this man for over 5 years....  I married him August 16, 2007.  I left for my honeymoon literally the day after my wedding to Hawaii.  Well, two weeks after we got back the name calling started.. Your fat... you don't do it for me anymore...
    pitbu11lover pitbu11lover 26-30, F 14 Responses Mar 12, 2009

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    The Unfortunate Family...

    sexually molested [step dad, uncle, babysitter (M)] and verbally/emotionally abused (mom). it lasts the rest of your life. with me, i try everyday to move forward and i do bit by bit. feel really bad about myself from time to time. but whatever does not kill me outright i battle...
    MuscleDjinn MuscleDjinn 41-45, M 4 Responses Aug 16, 2007

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    I just got out of an abusive relationship.

    Can't believe it took me this long to see that yes, it was abuse. Not just him "losing control". And the most crazy part? I miss him. When things were good, they were really good. But when things were bad... I'm afraid. I guess I just need time to get over him.
    rachg87 rachg87 26-30, F 4 Responses 6 days ago

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    $217 to Hit Your Wife With a Truck, Then Teach University Ethics In Idaho

    No one believes that Jim could be violent.  He's a white male philosophy professor.  No one could believe that I would be the kind of woman who would participate in the abuse.  I'm bright and outspoken.    There were several episodes of...
    Learning Learning 46-50, F 7 Responses Sep 14, 2007

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    I can't seem to let go of the person I love

    with all my heart, even though inside he wishes he could smash my face So much he hates everything about me yet he won't leave.
    brokenh8rt brokenh8rt 26-30, F 2 Responses Jul 2, 2014

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    My mom. Every girl wants a woman they can look

    up to and depend on. Share secrets and do makeovers. Talk about boy problems. My mom, she's nothing like that. She was in a car accident 22 years ago. Since then she's been on every drug in the book and is very addicted to them. For the last three years it's gotten really...
    thefallenones thefallenones 13-15, F 5 Responses Sep 9, 2014

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    So basically, when I got pregnant

    for my boyfriend, yes I was young. We were stupid, but we were in love. When we told his mother, she flipped out and started asking for a DNA test. Everyone in my family had been confused because the baby was his. And he agreed too. During my fourth month of my pregnancy, we...
    SincerelyRae SincerelyRae 16-17, F 2 Responses Nov 23, 2014

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    Well, Not Anymore

    My ex husband was abusive, physically, mentally and emotionally. I spent 5 years getting my *** beat, being put down, being forced to do things i didnt want to. Being raped on a regular basis. Yes ladies, your husband CAN rape you. It was pure hell. I ran when I had the right...
    kittylove30 kittylove30 31-35, F 8 Responses Jul 12, 2013

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    My story is similar to those on here

    but it's not as bad. He hasn't assaulted me yet. And that's why I got out. When we met it was amazing, we both have the same sick sense of humor an would laugh for hours. Being in different states made us spend hours talking over the phone, but which also meant I didn't get to...
    jesselizabethjw jesselizabethjw 26-30, F 3 Responses Feb 28, 2014

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    I was really young when it started.

    16 and it didn't end until last month. I don't have a hard time expressing it because I've always been one to express myself. I was with the guy who I believed was the love of my life. He took my virginity and he made me laugh. Then it slowly went bad. He was emotionally...
    Nonalie Nonalie 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 8

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    Am I The Only Male

    I read quite a few of your stories and I find it interesting, but not surprising that I have not read one story by a male.  This sort of goes with my experience as a victim of domestic violence.  I was married very young to my high school sweetheart.  Everything...
    Aether71 Aether71 36-40, M 48 Responses Jun 3, 2010

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    And it was awful. My ex wife used to go crazy

    when she had pmt. she would cause and create all manner of situations that would have me cowering in a corner or doing anything to avoid a conflict. I started showing up at work with facial bruising and one day my manager took me aside and said she could tell what was going on...
    picklebobble picklebobble 46-50, M 1 Response Nov 7, 2014

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    Enduring A Monster...

    I was unprepared for the nightmare I got myself into when I was 18-years-old. Back then...they really didn't talk about abuse within romantic relationships like they do now. I was naive...very wet behind the ears...and not expecting a guy who said he loved me to treat me in such...
    KassieKat KassieKat 46-50, F 20 Responses Apr 25, 2011

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    I am having a difficult time deciding

    if my situation is as serious as everyone tells me it is. I keep going back and forth, almost on a daily basis. I've been with my husband for 8 years and we have 3 kids. He has physically hurt me on several occasions, but they happen so infrequently that it seems like I should...
    htb1025 htb1025 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 21, 2014

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    I am a man who has been a victim of domestic

    violence. I have never lifted a hand and hit a woman, or man for that matter. I married a woman who had a background of domestic violence, first from her father and then from an abusive ex husband of 20 years who was ex army. When we got together I knew of her background but...
    alan61a alan61a 51-55, M 5 Responses Feb 19

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    :(

    I have for many years now been putting up with domestic voilence.. It has ground me down so much i do want to die some times:( i dont know why I have stuck it for so long I think its coz I feel i could never live on my own. I feel very trapped by my husband and his hold he has...
    mamdo2 mamdo2 36-40, F 44 Responses Nov 8, 2012

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    I have been with my abusive husband

    for 21years from the age of 16 (he was then 18). For a long time he was so charming and he wanted to see me everyday, he told me i was his world, i made his life wonderful. I had finished my final year at school and one day he got up from watching tv with me on the sofa at my...
    KirstyF KirstyF 36-40, F 8 Responses Dec 8, 2013

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    my best friend had it rough.

    . her mother suffered from domestic violence, her father used to beat her up. Ofcourse that affected her, she only told me the story once, not biograophy like (just facts and a storyline). I know what its like, trying to just tell the story but cant help get into details, having...
    KatherineSnow KatherineSnow 18-21, F Feb 3

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    He hit me again. No he grabbed me by my shirt

    threw me on the ground kicked me punched me in my head flicked my nose drug me across the floor picked me up about 3 more times threw me on the ground. I walked downstairs he follows me grabs me throws me an drags me up the stairs rips my shirt off and slams my head on the floor...
    lis924 lis924 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 24

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    Still Terrified....

    it is hard to talk about but I want help... When I was 14 years old I met this guy who I instantly fell for. He was 16 at the time. I was a virgin, he wasn't. He cheated on me because I wouldn't have sex with him. But about five months in I gave in. A week later he went to jail...
    babymama16 babymama16 18-21, F 8 Responses Nov 3, 2013

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    Finally stayed at a new lovely home.

    I watched sunset from my big windows last night. It was an amazing view. I am lucky! Still my ex bothers me. Text like thousand times a day. He even show up at my work. He realized that he lost me but refused to accept that. He use my money to buy many movies. S h I t. I had...