I lived with domestic abuse. Today marks nine years of freedom from the abuser. I wrote about it last year.
Even after nine years I can be triggered by, amongst other things, the smell of cheap booze on someone’s breath, certain songs and anger; especially anger. Thankfully, flashbacks are rare.
I’m thankful for nine years of living abuse free. I wish it had been possible and safe to end the relationship earlier.
If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, please know that there are alternatives. There is help. You’re not alone and you have nothing to be ashamed of. Here’s the link to the National Domestic Violence Hotline