Relationship Violence Story From Frances

by Frances
(Texas, USA)

You think you know someone: 
It was August 2009. I was in a good place in my life. Me and my then 6 yr old daughter were great. Then I met HIM. The man that would become the love of my life and the man I would always want. He was great. Responsible, hard working, family oriented. He was everything I wanted for a mate. It wasnt long before he consumed my life. Before I knew it I was being physically abused and my baby was emotionally abused by this man. He alienated her away from me. The relationship lasted 2 years. In this time we had a child together whom he physically abused. The last straw was when he fractured my jaw, broke my nose, and kicked my newborns car seat while she was in it. Its been a year since hes been gone. I lost everything I worked so hard for and me and my oldest daughter have no relationship at all and I never saw it until he left and my family started telling what they saw. I have my now 9 yr old in counseling and she takes medication for ADHD and depression and are working on becoming closer but its hard. Im trying to cope with what I feel I put her through by bringing this person into our lives. I have alot of guilt and feel like a fool for not seeing what was going on for myself. Its been a year and a half and we are slowly mending me and my babies. My 9 yr old wants me to go to therapy for what Ive been thru but I dont know.





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