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I Have Been In An Abusive Relationship

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    It started three years ago.

    He was perfect, the sweetest. Then came our two year anniversary and downhill our relationship went. He hit me every chance he got, it got harder and harder to hide the black eyes and bruises on my body. I began to do bad in my classes, because he made me skip class to see him...
    ImperialGoddess76 ImperialGoddess76 18-21, F 13 Responses Jan 1

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    when i met my ex last March,

    i honestly thought we were everything we both were looking for. now all my friends tell me the things that were red flags to them. to this day, he's still never met any of my friends or family except my mom when she helped me kick him out once. in the beginning, he liked to buy...
    burntoutstars burntoutstars 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 12

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    Well I got the news last night.

    My ex was arrested for attempted murder of his girlfriend. The exact same senario happened to me. I never expected to have mixed feelings about this. It's on the front page and the news and there is a part of me that wants to defend him. Then the other part that wants him to...
    sml4 sml4 46-50, F 5 Responses Jan 21

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    Even after all this time it messes with my head.

    I am not good enough,it was my fault,I dont deserve anything good.I know it was him and not me.But even now when I think about it...I shake, I hate myself,I panic.I get on with my life as best as I can.I dont think of myself as a victim I got away from him I even hit him back at...
    biwhisper biwhisper 41-45, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    I met my ex-husband at the age of 17.

    I never saw the red flags, mainly because I endured abuse growing up. I thought it was pretty normal when he got jealous of my friends, mad when he thought I did something wrong, and even ok when he broke things around the house. But with time, like every abusive relationship...
    lexy82 lexy82 31-35, F 3 Responses Jun 30, 2014

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    Take a Look At My Girlfriend...

    I was 15, she was 17. You don't hear about abuse in gay relationships much, but there you are. I had never been with a girl before, and I was so in love and so sure I could never feel the same way again with anyone else. I stayed two years. I will never be the same person. I...
    ParselyTree ParselyTree 16-18, F 4 Responses Feb 20, 2008

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    I have been married to my husband

    for ten years, he was diagnosed about five years ago as bipolar but refuses to get help. He is very verbally abusive and I cannot take it any longer. I have several health problems that cause me to be in chronic pain but he cannot control his outbursts even when I'm hurting.. He...
    greengeenie greengeenie 41-45, F 4 Responses Jan 11

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    I have had many issues

    and experiences with my husband. We have had so many ups and down and it has really affected my emotions. As of late, my husband went through a very difficult time. Being who I am, I was there as support for him. After this experience, my husband has realized how difficult it...
    sfm21 sfm21 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 3

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    Can It Get Any Worse?

    Well Im a much different  person now then I was back when I was young and stupid. As many people put it! Or labled me. I had my first child when I was 15 years old. I dont regret that what so ever, he is the love and pride and joy of my life!! Hes gonna be 15 this...
    shy30 shy30 26-30, F 8 Responses May 7, 2007

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    This for every girl that been in abusing

    relationship please y all need to leave, I been in abusing relationships for 5 year my boyfriend always yell at me and beat me up until I can breath, so two night it beat me up so bad that I end up in the hospital with oxygen, my shoulder broke and my neck. I know u maybe love...
    tweetyreck tweetyreck 22-25, F 4 Responses Feb 15

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    Holding On

    Why do I keep holding oneven though I know it will never beWhy do I keep holding onwhen what we have is killing meWhy do I keep holding onwishing the dream were still aliveWhy do I keep holding onrealizing our love will never surviveWhy do I keep holding onto the feeling I have...
    texastomboy texastomboy 36-40, F 5 Responses Jul 3, 2012

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    I just typed up my whole experience

    and it got removed for not being appropriate. Don't have a section, dealing with abusive relationships, if I can't tell what happened to me. It's not like I said anything bad, I just said what I did to myself, what he did in response to me wanting to leave, and what he did once...
    kelly1796 kelly1796 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 13, 2014

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    Why are men like it? You sleep with them

    and they think they own you! What was more, he was older than me, by ten years! I'm sure a seventeen years old woman is more mature then some, maybe most, twenty seven years old men!
    Paca24 Paca24 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 7, 2014

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    It was was this summer

    and at first he was nice and friendly but after 3 months he started getting real mean. He never hit me but he always said things like your fat or.will you kill yourself already and stuff like your not even that pretty or my ex was way hotter. For some odd reason I still loved...
    jellybean1999 jellybean1999 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 23

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    I Have Been In Several Abusive Relationships.

    I came from an abusive family so when I became an adult I didn't know any different. I have been in abusive relationships or marriages over the past years. I want to tell a story about one abusive marriage I was in: I was pretty much to the point were I couldn't take it anymore...
    butterfly628 butterfly628 51-55, F 3 Responses Feb 12, 2011

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    Walking On Eggshells

    When I was in my late teens to my early tweenties I dated this guy for a few years on and off. Needless to say from the groups title, the relationship was rocky. In the beginning he was very charming. When he would talk it was as if I was the only person in the room. We were...
    an2012 an2012 22-25, F 3 Responses Nov 22, 2012

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    Ages 16-19 I was in an emotionally

    and physically abusive relationship. While I've grown past and become a stronger person, I'm really struggling with dating now. I'm in a new relationship, and the guy for the most part has been amazing. But today I noticed some behavioral tendencies that were the same as my ex...
    BabyBlondeOne BabyBlondeOne 18-21, F 7 Responses Nov 2, 2014

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    A long time ago I was married to an abusive man.

    When we first met he would throw his jacket over a puddle so I didn't have to walk in muddy water. He focused on my every need. We married 9 months after meeting. The abuse started as soon as the wedding was completed. He didn't even come home for 3 days after the wedding...
    yooper01 yooper01 56-60, F 6 Responses Nov 8, 2014

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    Seems as tho I'm starting out the new year

    single. I knew this guy wasn't treating me right either. We had an argument, just a stupid disagreement over plans and he resorted to cutting me down on a personal level verbally attacking me much like my ex did:(
    Messybutbeautiful Messybutbeautiful 31-35 2 Responses Jan 1

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    Hey, I was in an abusive relationship

    for 5 years and ill tell you my story. I have two children with this man they are still very young. He physically abused me basically everyday, he destroyed every house we lived him he spoke to me like I was dirt and made me think that I was nothing. Took all my food money off...
    maddzt maddzt 22-25, F 3 Responses 1 day ago

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    Its been over a month

    since the last time i seen or heard my husbands voice at all.. Ive been cut off.. which in a way a lot easier to cope with our seperation (now permanent).. There has been cheating involved that he wont confess to.. continuing lies.. emotional abuse, verbal abuse and some...
    stuckNWEbbz stuckNWEbbz 26-30, F 3 Responses Jan 16

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    I really don't want to talk too much about it

    but I married a controlling psychopath. He changed as soon as we were married and went on a spiral of abuse and menial torture. He was a drunk and would vanish for a day returning to take out his anger o me. I was raped, humiliated, degraded and beaten. The cycle of abuse...
    deleted deleted 26-30 10 Responses Jul 10, 2014

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    I have been in an abusive relationship with

    someone who is paranoid and bipolar and I know its hard to get up and leave especially when they say they need help but the only help he needs is from mental mental health when they start name calling being jealous and possessive its time to go because after that they will push...
    tlove22 tlove22 41-45, F 1 Response Feb 18

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    I don't feel like I need to share this with

    anyone I date. I'm honestly scared . What do you say?
    Alylovespuppies Alylovespuppies 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 4

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    I can't take it anymore my crazy abusive mother

    is calling me about every 30 mins to an hour all through the night on the phone trying to terrorize me. I eventually quit answering and now have blocked her number on all my phones. I would have done so sooner but I was worried about my dad who has had a traumatic brain injury...
    jaxpdx jaxpdx 41-45, F 4 Responses Jan 22

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    i have been with my abusive husband

    for 21years from the age of 16 (he was then 18). I am sharing my story in the hope that it will help you if you are facing something like this, that there is always a way to get out, it is scary but there is hope. For a long time he was so charming and he wanted to see me...
    KirstyF KirstyF 36-40, F 5 Responses Dec 13, 2013

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    I'm still with my abuser.

    Some of the things he's done to me caused me to have nightmares. I love him dearly and even though I know he is poisonous to my life I can't leave. Iv given him everything a person can give to another I'm currently pregnant with his first child. He still treats me like...
    Stiggyb Stiggyb 26-30, F 10 Responses Jul 20, 2014

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    Insecurities

      i have not been in a physically abusive relationship, but it was a very mentally abusive relationship.. the scars were deep in my mind and heart.. i was with a girl and for the first 6 months we had the best time.. i love to laugh and make jokes and tell funny stories of...
    breastlover81 breastlover81 26-30, M 24 Responses Nov 9, 2012

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    Worthless

    I was in an abusive relationship for 3 years. Me and Jacob had been together for 5 years but it wasnt until the third year that he beat me. He had a temper and he had hit me a few times... but it was nothing compared to when he beat me. He has put me in the hospital 7 times. He...
    sucknswallow sucknswallow 22-25, F 16 Responses Mar 23, 2012

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    Not so much Physically,

    but Emotionally and Mentally. Every time I had tried to break up with him he would threaten me, threaten to hurt himself, or make up some kind of sick story to try and scare me into not leaving him or taking him back. He wasn't kind toward me and often made fun of me and...
    HisKindredSpirit HisKindredSpirit 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 11

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    I've Grown, I've Survived , I'm Happy

    I had an affair with a "man" (more like a monster), in my early 20's that lasted about 5 years, it was an on and off thing.  That's how most abusive relationships are anyway. The first time he hit me was when I was driving.  We were late to an appointment and...
    golddustwoman golddustwoman 36-40, F 11 Responses Sep 11, 2008

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    So this is going to sound very stupid

    and naive but here goes. When I was 18 I thought I had found the love of my life. He was a few years older than me. We quickly moved in and he sweeped me off my feet and made me feel special. It didn't stay like that though. It started with the mind games and paranoia. In one...
    SomethingSignifigant SomethingSignifigant 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 5

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    I don't know what to do nomore,

    I been in this relationship for 3 year everyday things go worse and everything I do is not snough for him. I'm tired of crying and be depress, everything I do he always yell at me, push me, shock me, and beat the **** out me, when I complain at that Moment he said he didn't do...
    tweetyreck tweetyreck 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 4

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    Things began normally.

    We were together a short while before his eating disorder became an issue. He would tell me in detail about his purges. I was so dependent on him I became a mess of stress and anxiety. I couldn't fathom him hurting himself. But I loved him, so I told him I could only handle it...
    gothstan gothstan 16-17, M 5 Responses Jan 2

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    omg i cant take any of this anymore I am at my

    wits end. I actually joined this experience bc I wanted to get out of the totally unhealthy codependent controlling manipulating verbally abusive relationship with my so called non legal, non live in husband and father of my son....but now I am having to put that new year's goal...
    jaxpdx jaxpdx 41-45, F 2 Responses Jan 11

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    I was in an abusive relationship about 4 years

    ago. Although that was a long time ago, the flashbacks I have from it are constant. I'm terrified that one day he's going to fulfill his promise of killing me. I haven't heard from him in a decently long time, but I still won't answer restricted calls in fear that it's him. I...
    untamedx3heart untamedx3heart 22-25, F 4 Responses Feb 16

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    Leave!!! that's all I can say,

    no matter is it a friend, mother, father, boyfriend... anyone.. leave.. while you can!!!
    1993atnomkal 1993atnomkal 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 23

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    He had always made me happy,

    I remember when we first met - I was one of those who believed in love at first sight. After dating for six months he started to become very aggressive towards me and I always believed it was my fault. Then one night I came home from work and he called me saying he had a few...
    deleted deleted 26-30 8 Responses Sep 11, 2014

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    My ex used to yell at me

    and accuse me of infidelity. I really was faithful to the jerk. Then he started to hit me one day. I called the police. That is when he left me. That night I found a new guy and started sleeping around (a lot), by weeks end I had slept with four guys, Then the breakup of...
    BarbarBabcox BarbarBabcox 36-40, F 11 Responses Sep 24, 2014

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    Young Love... Not

    When I was a junior in high school (so not too long ago) there was a reserved, ridiculously beautiful, private, and extremely quiet guy. I think the reason why I was so attracted to him is because I was so much like him. Minus the ridiculously beautiful part of course. So long...
    IntoYourArms IntoYourArms 70+, F 9 Responses Nov 16, 2013

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    Actually just got out of one last night.

    . Pretty proud of myself, he's been blowing up my phone & I haven't been giving him the time of day, now all I gotta do is have these bruises cleared up & he's memory will be completely gone.
    aaaxaaa aaaxaaa 18-21, F 26 Responses Jun 25, 2014

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    Im Thankful That Im Still Alive...

    I met my abusive ex when I was 19 and I was with him for 11 miserable years. I really should have read the warning signs early, I guess I know better now. To anyone new that he met he would come accross as the most charming funny outgoing individual you could meet. Behind closed...
    archangelgirl archangelgirl 31-35 9 Responses Jan 15, 2012

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    Ugly

    I was 15 years old when I met Pat* the first time. I wasn't blown over by his looks, or his charm. Looking back, I don't know exactly WHAT it was that attracted me to him. In truth, I suppose it was an exit strategy from my dysfunctional home. Pat* was 11 years my senior. Of...
    MissBehaviour MissBehaviour 36-40, F 14 Responses Mar 18, 2012

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    I've Been In Two Abusive Relationships.

    You would think I would learn from the 1st abusive relationship, but it really was a different situation the 2ND time. When I was 18yrs I became pregnant and chose to marry.  At that time we were both clean & sober.  On the night my child was born my...
    WarriorMom WarriorMom 51-55, F 21 Responses Dec 7, 2008

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    My last relationship involved being yelled at

    all the time, and hit. He hurt me badly by also cheating and threatening me. Since then i have moved on, I am starting to like this guy, I am just scared that he may be pretending like the last one.
    nr303 nr303 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 2

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    My ex and I parted ways almost 6 months ago.

    I did not realize he was abusive until it was too late. I had known him since I was 14. We started dating when I was 16 by 17 I was pregnant. He was not ready to be in a committed relationship so we broke up and I proceeded to raise our daughter alone for the next 3 yrs. In 2012...
    BriDene25 BriDene25 22-25, F 6 Responses Feb 15

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