abusive relationships


How to Tell Someone You Were Sexually Abused as a Child 3

You need to tell someone that you survived rape or sexual abuse, but how? Here’s how to say the words “I was sexually abused as a child” or “My uncle or brother or father molested me.” It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it. You are a survivor; you will find healing and strength if you learn how […]

How to Tell Someone You Were Raped or Sexually Abused as a Child

9 Ways to Survive Abusive Parents When You Can’t Leave Home 1

When you’re a child or underage teenager, you can’t just leave home if your mom or dad is abusing you. These tips on how to survive abusive parents when you can’t move out of your family home are inspired by a reader who said… “You gave words of wisdom for adults whose parents try to control them,” says Ruben on 7 Tips […]

How to Survive Abusive Parents When You Can’t Move Out

12 Warning Signs of an Emotionally Abusive Boyfriend 2

It’s not always easy to recognize the signs of emotional abuse in a relationship – especially when you’re in love. Here’s how to know if your boyfriend is emotionally abusive, inspired by a reader’s question about her boyfriend. “Is my boyfriend abusing me emotionally? I’m not sure and I don’t know how to break up with my boyfriend,” says Indira on […]

How to Know If Your Boyfriend is Emotionally Abusive

7 Steps to Forgiving Someone Who Broke Your Heart 6

You might find it easier to forgive if you change your mindset instead of relying on your feelings. Here’s how forgiveness works best, with inspiration from a painful family estrangement I faced, the book Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff in Love by Richard Carlson, and a sprinkle of the Psalms. Forgiveness isn’t a feeling; it’s a deliberate choice to change your mindset […]

How to Forgive Someone Who Broke Your Heart

What You Need to Know When You Call a Shelter or Safe House 18

Do you want to leave your husband, but have nowhere to go? Here’s what to expect at a women’s shelter. I worked at a safe house for women and children, and know how to prepare to leave an unhealthy and abusive relationship. If you’re in an abusive relationship, know that you are not alone! I’m inspired to write this article about shelters […]

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