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A friend told me she was considering going back to her ex-husband. In normal circumstances this would have been happy news, but not in this case. She has three small children, and over time she’s confessed to the following, always toning it down.
-Shouted at her when she was sick in bed, because he couldn’t deal with changing the baby’s diapers
-Grabbed her by the neck and threatened to punch her, while she was holding her baby in her arms
-Thrown a coffee mug at her
-Kicked the door open when she was in the shower
-Come close to her face and yelled at her
-Told her she wasn’t good enough (over and over)
Some of her excuses for considering getting back together:
-I’ve never bled or had bruises
-I feel bad for the kids not being with their dad
-He apologized and promised not to do it again (but he did)
-What if I can’t find anyone else?
-If I were a better wife, he would not be so angry
Physical or verbal violence is never justified, especially if it becomes a way of life.
If your partner does any of the following, you are very likely a victim of domestic violence:
-Throws things at you when he or she is in a rage
-Has bouts of jealousy and controls who you see or talk to or where you go
-Pushes you or hits you
-Threatens to harm you or the kids
-Belittles you constantly
-Shouts at you and/or insults you
-Forces you to have unwanted sex
-Apologizes over and over for any of the above and when you forgive him or her, starts all over again
If you are dealing with domestic violence, please call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) as soon as possible, for help and guidance.