I am no stranger to domestic violence. When I was a teenager, my first love was abusive. He abused me physically and mentally, isolating me from family and friends. Although I was a very mature young woman, well aware of the cycle of abuse, I was unable to simply leave. You can read my story and gain insight into how an intelligent, extraordinarily independent young woman can get caught up in this type of relationship. Domestic violence is not as cut and dry as many people believe. Abusers place you in a position that makes staying untenable but leaving could cost your life. The complicated nature of domestic violence is very difficult to understand if you have not worn those shoes and my heart goes out to women like Rihanna and Janay Palmer (wife of Ray Rice), whose very public abuse was scrutinized and they were subjected not only to abuse by their partners but criticism from the public eye. These woman are already in difficult situations and having their struggles on public display does not help the healing process, in fact, if can hinder it.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/HopeLine from Verizon. As usual all opinions are my own, this topic is one that is near and dear to me.