~ September 2021~
Even the most loving relationships can be tough. While it’s normal to have the occasional spat with your significant other, make sure your new relationship doesn’t turn dangerous. Often, you get into a relationship and don’t see the red flags that everyone else sees. Through my nonprofit organization, Unsilenced Voices, I’m on a mission to end domestic violence worldwide.
I’m proof that domestic abuse can happen to anyone. I was a strong, independent woman when I began a relationship with my abuser in 2012. My head went through the drywall about four months into our relationship. Still, I believed I loved him and that he would change. I stood by his side while he emotionally, physically and financially abused me. But I Love Him is a first-hand account of my experience. I want to help people around the world avoid making the same mistakes I made.
- Take a step back if he tries to inappropriately accelerate his relationship with you when you are dating, prematurely discussing marriage or other commitment.
- Perhaps most important of all: If you have an intuitive feeling that you are at risk from this man, you should listen to your own instincts!
If you suspect that someone you know may be in a risky relationship, you may also want to access the helpful resources at UnsilencedVoices.org.
A version of this article originally appeared here on 30seconds.com