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The Impact of Safe Housing on Survivors of Domestic Violence
Starting a New Relationship After Abuse
Jim was in his mids when his girlfriend abused him. She always had a temper. When she scratched his arms and face, he concealed the wounds until they healed. Rose was abused for the first time on her wedding day. After the ceremony, her husband pulled her into a room and grabbed her wrist so hard that it left a bruise.
Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would be the girl to end up in an abusive relationship, especially because I did not grow up in an abusive home. Which is the stigma that accompanies abuse; we are expected to come from a broken home or be abused as a child. But I am here to tell you abuse can happen to anyone, at anytime, anywhere in the world. Abuse is neither prejudiced nor racist. Never once in those first six to nine months when we were dating did I ever think our love story would have had anything but a happy ending.
As a survivor of nearly eighteen years of violence and emotional abuse , the pain and anxiety caused by trauma has often felt more to me like getting a haircut — recurring experiences I go through over and over, because the emotional after-effects are ever-lasting. And these symptoms are not unique to me. Speaking with fellow survivors has helped me realize that in some ways, my own trauma and grief is here to stay for good. But I also know that I am enough, and I am not alone, no matter how much it might feel like the opposite is true.