My daughter is in a relationship that is so wrong for her. She needs to break free from her abuse, but she keeps going back. I don’t understand it. I have tried to help in every way I know but she won’t let me in. She turns the problem around and makes it about me. When I look at her, I see the old me that kept trying to hold on to a bad relationship. A relationship that I really needed to let go.
Regardless of what is going on in a relationship, you are not going to leave until you have had enough. But you only hurt yourself because it doesn’t get better, it gets worse.
My abuser robbed me of my self esteem and made me feel worthless. I felt no one loved me or cared about me, but the truth was I didn’t love myself. I see these things in my daughter also. I need her to see the abuser for who he is. She deserves to be happy and she has a son who needs her. I speak at the Shelter once a week to battered and abused women. They listen and understand, but I cannot reach my own daughter. Any suggestions?
Monday night at the shelter was so touching. I really enjoyed sharing my story of abuse with the new ladies in transition. The beauty of it all is the women there related to each other’s situation. They understood there is no shame in what you have been through. You can let your hair down at “YOU TOO” meetings and share your story. When one resident in the meeting took the floor and revealed her abuse and suffering every woman listening felt her pain. I was speechless; just when you think you’ve got it bad someone else has it worse. But it is all under the same dark cloud of abuse.
Seeking professional help was the best remedy for me. It gave me hope and I learned the difference between love and lust. I also learned how to love myself. I accepted the reality that I was powerless to change my abuser; he had to change himself. After meeting with my Mental Health physician weekly I learned how to reach out to people and ask for help. It was ok to talk abut the pain caused by the abuser because I had done nothing wrong. Certainly, I made bad choices in life, but nothing justifies abuse. My abuser always made me feel guilty – he made me the bad guy. He also mentally abused my daughters to the point that I thought they would never overcome such issues.
I have made amends with my three daughters. I let them know I love them and asked for their forgiveness. I have explained and they understand that during that low point in my life I was a very sick woman. I was forced to look back to my childhood again to find out why I was so attracted to an abusive man. If I can understand and overcome that destructive time in my life others can also. It is worth the time, pain and effort to gain a new life with renewed dreams.