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Domestic Abuse

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Survivor Story: Ena Berger
Ena Berger, a mother to two beautiful children, survived 9 bullets after being shot by a man she loved in 2012.
Common causes of domestic violence in relationship
Anyone who has seen a family destroyed by domestic violence can wonder what would make a person act that way. Many perpetrators of domestic violence strike out without warning. This type of unexpected behavior is relatively common.
How to Set Boundaries
Boundaries can help you retain a sense of identity and personal space, and they’re easier to create and maintain than you might think.
Gaslighting
Gaslighting is a difficult aspect of emotional health. Probably the most common and easiest way to think about gaslighting is when you are psychologically manipulated by someone to question your own sanity.
Healing after an abusive relationship
If you’ve recently left an abusive relationship, you’ve already taken one of the most important steps of the process — leaving. Learning how to heal and take care of yourself after the breakup can help you navigate what comes next.
Abuse by proxy
When the abuser can't directly inflict abuse upon his victim, he may find accomplices to do his dirty work. Abusers often use other people to do their dirty work for them; the abuser's social milieu, the victim's social milieu, the System
Stalking!
Stalking generally refers to harassing or threatening behavior that an individual engages in repeatedly, such as following a person (either in person or online), appearing at a person’s home or place of business, making harassing phone calls, leaving written messages or objects, using a third party to get insight or information on a person.
What is Harassment?
When a person’s behaviour is so extreme, abusive or rude that it causes harm to another person or makes another person believe that s/he will suffer harm. This may include mental, psychological, physical or financial harm. Harassment happens when a person does something that may make another person feel uncomfortable, threatened or unsafe.
How to Recognize the Signs of Mental and Emotional Abuse
You probably know many of the more obvious signs of mental and emotional abuse. But when you’re in the midst of it, it can be easy to miss the persistent undercurrent of abusive behavior. Psychological abuse involves a person’s attempts to frighten, control, or isolate you. It’s in the abuser’s words and actions, as well as their persistence in these behaviors. Anyone in the mental health field will tell you that if you repress pain long enough, it will show up in other ways and areas of your life. Repressing pain will also hamper your ability to function the way you’d like, and people who know you will notice. It may also temporarily turn you into a jerk or a hot mess.
Why Do People Abuse?
Domestic violence and abuse stem from a desire to gain and maintain power and control over an intimate partner. Abusive people believe they have the right to control and restrict their partners, and they may enjoy the feeling that exerting power gives them. They often believe that their own feelings and needs should be the priority in their relationships, so they use abusive tactics to dismantle equality and make their partners feel less valuable and deserving of respect in the relationship.