What does it take to stop domestic violence? It takes a breaking point. When someone finally leaves an abusive relationship, it is always because they reached their breaking point. This can be something small, like the straw that broke the camels back, that one final act that was just too much. Or, it can be…Read more Breaking Point
Abuse and suicide are extremely intertwined. There are many ways suicide appears in an abusive relationship, but here are a few I have identified: Threats from the abuser that they "can't live without you" -- implied (or stated) that they will kill themselves if you leave. My ex frequently threatened to commit suicide if I…Read more Abuse and Suicide
Today is Mental Health Awareness Day and Bell does an amazing job of getting the word out. So.. let's talk about it. Let's talk about mental health and why it's important to... well, talk ... about it. When people use the phrase "mental health", what exactly are they referring to? Anxiety Depression BiPolar Disorder Eating…Read more Mental Health: #BellLetsTalk
No one else will love you. You have too much baggage. F**** off. If you leave me, I'll kill myself. If I can't have you, no one will. You just wanted me for a sperm/egg donor. I'm not sure I love you. I'm only with you until someone better comes along. Why can't you be…Read more All the Right Words
In life, there are always decisions to make. Some are harder than other, but all have to be made. For children who have experienced abuse, even the every day decisions feel harder, more acute. We are more aware of the consequences of making a choice that might be disagreed with, we are more aware that…Read more Choose Life
After abuse comes the journey of healing. It's a long, and oft times difficult, journey but well worth it in the end. First, know that you can't do it alone. This is not a journey to take on your own. You will need support. Women's shelters often offer free counselling, as well as support groups…Read more What’s Next?