Carie’s story. Years of abuse, of leaving only to return. Leaving finally years later after a severe beating.
Thanks to Domestic Shelters and to Carie for sharing.https://www.domesticshelters.org/articles/true-survivor-stories/survivor-story-carie-charlesworth
My friend finally left after years of abuse, none of which she shared with her friends or colleagues. The motive to leave as a pistol to her head. https://www.jonathanmccormick.com/how-social-stigma-silences-domestic-violence-victims/
The first time Carie Charlesworth’s husband abused her was six years and four children into their marriage. It was 2006, Carie’s birthday. The California mom had gone to a concert with her sister to celebrate and, on her way home, texted her husband Martin to let him know she was stuck in traffic. By the time she stopped by her parents’ house to pick up the couple’s 1-year-old daughters, it was almost 1 a.m.
“When I got home, all my clothes were on the front lawn,” says Carie. Her husband would tell her later that he knew she was lying. She hadn’t been at the concert or stuck in traffic. She had been talking to other men, probably with the intent of cheating on him. It’s something he had accused her of many times before, even though she says she never gave him any reason to think she was unfaithful.
That night, his anger boiled over. Before she could even get out of the car, Martin was by her window. He grabbed her keys so she couldn’t drive away before he started striking her repeatedly in the face while she sat in the car. Their daughters were sleeping in the backseat. One of his blows left a deep gash near Carie’s eye and it was only when Martin saw blood pouring down his wife’s face did he finally snap out of his rage.”
Read the rest of Carie’s story here: https://www.domesticshelters.org/articles/true-survivor-stories/survivor-story-carie-charlesworth
How to break the cycle of abuse.
It’ll never happen again.
He says he’s really sorry.
It’s my fault I made him angry—I should be a better partner.
He’s just stressed out right now.
He’s only controlling because he loves me.
“The Cycle proposes that domestic violence starts with tension building in a relationship before an “explosion” occurs—the actual incident of abuse—followed by a “honeymoon phase” where the abuser is apologetic, even romantic, promising the abuse won’t happen again. Soon after, the tension starts building again and the cycle repeats itself indefinitely.”
Read the rest of the story and what you can do to stop abuse. https://www.jonathanmccormick.com/lies-lies-lies-break-cycle-abuse/
Our appreciation to DomesticShelters for this invaluable information.