DOMESTIC ABUSE IS REAL

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We had our first argument last night. He said a lot of cruel things that really hurt me. I know he is sorry and didn’t mean the things he said because he sent me flowers today.

I got flowers today. It wasn’t our anniversary or any other special day.

Last night, he threw me into a wall and started to choke me. It seemed like a nightmare. I couldn’t believe it was real! I woke up this morning sore and bruised all over.

I know he must be sorry because he sent me flowers today.

I got flowers today, and it wasn’t Mother’s Day or any other special day for that matter.

Last night, he beat me up again. It was so much worse than all the other times.

If I leave him, what will I do? How will I take care of my kids? Where would we go? How can I possibly start over? What about money? Who else would have me and love me? I’m afraid of him and scared to leave.

But I know he must be sorry because he sent me flowers today.

I got flowers today. Today was a very special day.

It was the day of my funeral.

Last night, he finally killed me. He beat me to death. If only I had enough courage to leave him, I would not have gotten flowers today.

Domestic abuse is real.

The fact is, domestic violence is real, and it’s happening all around us today. You must not keep it to yourself; seek help from your pastor, imam, parents, or even try couples counseling. If it continues, you might have to involve the police or leave the abusive partner.

Domestic violence causes physical injuries, dysfunctional families, and broken relationships. Most sufferers become isolated from family and friends, lose their source of income or work, even run away from the abusive relationship in order to survive. They also suffer from emotional and psychological problems such as anxiety, depression, or lowered sense of self-worth, poor health, and even physical injuries. Some even end up being killed.

A marriage that is based on God’s love and puts God first in everything they do will weather all storms without one partner being abusive to the other. Violence is never the answer. (Please note that domestic violence is not limited to women only; a few men also suffer this from their wives.)

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