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Lifestyle | Could You Be A Victim Of Domestic Abuse Without Realizing It?‏


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Someone close to me recently revealed that she was in an unhealthy relationship and was finding it difficult to end it. I was caught off guard by this revelation and didn’t really know what to say to her. It seemed too cliché and useless to say “girl leave him,” so I only asked if there was anything I could do for her. But she wasn’t asking for my help or even my advice, she just wanted someone to listen to her.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

As I was listening, I kept thinking about a handout I’d seen about the different types of domestic abuse (mental, emotional, financial, physical, and sexual). Then I kept wondering if there were signs that I missed that would have indicated all was not well with my friend, although even she didn’t immediately recognize her relationship as a toxic one, and swears it didn’t start out that way. Maybe the signs were there but she just didn’t know what to look for either.

I was going to list some domestic abuse statistics and such here, but then I thought it would be more helpful to educate our readers, including the men, on what is considered domestic abuse and domestic violence and where to seek help. Yes men can be victims of abuse too, and understanding the definitions of the types of abuse may be just the eye opener some of us need. Even had my friend not divulged the sordid details of her troubles to me or anyone else, she had acknowledged her situation to herself and that’s the first step in escaping it. The following links provide a wealth of information on domestic abuse and some of it may surprise you and even hit close to home. I strongly urge everyone to take a look and pass the information on to those you care about; it could literally mean the difference between life and death for them.

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Latonya Miller, lifestyle contributor for PSLoveCharli, can be reached at latonya@pslovecharli.com.

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Comments

  1. Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat.Com™.

  2. Been there… it is hard to get out, but your life is worth it.

  3. Thank you for sharing this. This is an issue that has plagued my family for generations. It’s an ugly cycle and anyone shedding light on is doing great service to so many be they male or female. The other day I was reading about Halle Berry’s current relationship specifically the incident where her current husband assaulted her daughter’s father on Thanksgiving. The media and blogosphere coverage of it was what I felt to be very unfair towards Berry. Many journalists and bloggers referenced past relationships that she was in where she was either emotionally or physically abused and implied that because of her past she was somehow responsible for the events that transpired between the two men. I hope this is not how the majority of society feels.

    • LaTonya Miller says:

      That’s a huge complement and I appreciate it very much. Thank YOU. I hope it opens a lot more eyes. I heard about Halle but I didn’t follow the story enough to know the media was handling it that way. Such a shame. Kinda like blaming the victim.

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