It is early days. I spent the first three months totally confused and thinking this was just a blip in our marriage. He had told me by text that he had gotten rid of me. Then it clicked that he lived in some sort of alternative reality. You can’t leave someone who the authorities have said you should have contact with. It’s enforced by WA, MARAC or the police. It’s often authorities who often make the abuser go away one way or another.

Weeks are nothing compared to the long haul of years and months. Don’t be hard on yourself. Do you have support from a Domestic abuse counsellor or support worker or a women’s group like the Freedom Programme.

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