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December 2022

Have you ever been told that, because you are (or have been) in an abusive relationship, you must be codependent? I have, and it’s not only a lie, but…
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November 2022

The title of this article may strike some people as a bit odd. After all, isn’t it easy to recognize anger? If you’re a victim of domestic abuse, you’ve…
In my last article I wrote about betrayal blindness and how, under extreme trauma, a person can actually forget abusive episodes. Rather than an…
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October 2022

The need to trust is a powerful force. Establishing and maintaining a secure sense of safety is an essential component to all aspects of healthy living…
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For this post, I’ve decided to do something a bit different. Rather than a written article, I want to share with everyone a recent interview I did with…
“It was the best of boundaries, it was the worst of boundaries …” Actually, no. Scratch that. In my Tale of Two Boundaries, both were the best of…
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September 2022

The wounds of domestic abuse run deep. If you have children and you’re in a toxic relationship, even if they’re not being abused themselves, they’re…
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Imagine this: It’s the year 1912, and you’re a passenger on a glorious new ship called the Titanic. Everything is grand and dashing. You have your…
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There are several types of domestic abuse, many of which I’ve discussed in previous posts (verbal, psychological, sexual, emotional). However, I haven’t…
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Sarcasm as abuse. This is a topic that doesn’t get written about nearly enough, even though it’s not only very common in toxic relationships, but also…
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August 2022

How to tell if his change is real, or if it's another manipulation.