Who Are The Victims?
ANYONE CAN BE A VICTIM! Victims can be of any age, sex, race, culture, religion, education, employment or marital status. Although both men and women can be abused, most victims are women
Domestic violence and emotional abuse are behaviors used by one person in a relationship to control the other. Partners may be married or not married; heterosexual, gay, or lesbian; living together, separated or dating.
Who Are The Abusers?
If your partner repeatedly uses one or more of the following to control you;
· threatening you, your children, other family members or pets
· threatening suicide to get you to do something
· using or threatening to use a weapon against you
· keeping or taking your paycheck
· puts you down or makes you feel bad
· forcing you to have sex or to do sexual acts you do not want or like
· keeping you from seeing your friends, family or from going to work
YOU HAVE BEEN ABUSED!! 1.800.799.SAFE (7233) 1.800.787.3224 (TTY)
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Sue had been mentally abused for so long in her marriage that she did not even notice it any more. He paid the bills so he got to be in charge. Their family was well known in the community and no one would believe that her husband was an abuser. They attended all the church functions as a family. They had the nice home, the new cars, and four kids who all went to college.
Sue’s story ended better than most. She received a lawyer that took care of her case and allowed her to maintain her life style, plus divorce. Her abuse was not with her husband’s fist, but with his words that left deep scars in her self confidence. He twisted the emotions to meet his needs and leave her speechless. Behind the smile that baked the fresh chocolate chip cookies for her children after school was a woman who had lived for years in a prison she did not even know she had entered.
Words—just simple words—cut deep like a knife and punched her in the gut like a fist; they left bruises no one could see. The face she saw in the mirror was June Cleaver performing her job as a home engineer. However, she was an abused woman hiding the silent shame.
Angela Brooks has worked in a state-funded psychiatric hospital in Kentucky for 21 years as a nurse, assisting sometimes-dangerous patients who come in shackled and cuffed. At AngelaBrook.com, she offers stories of life on the inside of a psychiatric ward, and the site, as well as her company, offers support for nurses in the mental health field and helps them bring passion into their role at work.
On her BlogTalkRadio show, Mental Happiness with Angela Brooks, she shares some of her experiences “learning to love those others have forsaken” and gives tips on how to bring peace to your own life.
* Please note: I am not here to CURE, DIAGNOSE, Treat or suggest replacements for what a doctor prescribes – I am sharing my nursing adventures with you.
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