Last night I had a dream. It was one of those dreams that left me fearful and anxious for a little while after I woke up. I dreamed of a woman who was being physically abused by her father. He would punch and kick her repeatedly for no apparent reason, tearing her down both physically and emotionally. The trauma of it all forced me to open my eyes and return to reality. But as I lay awake, I realized this woman is not confined to my dream. She is a real, live person, struggling to maintain an outward appearance of normalcy while falling apart on the inside. Is she you? Or is she someone you know? Please know that help is available...you just have to make that move.
If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, please seek help by calling the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE or by visiting their website at www.thehotline.org.
You have more strength than you give yourself credit for.