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Vanessa’s story: No one can make you leave; you have to do it for yourself

Vanessa’s story: No one can make you leave; you have to do it for yourself

BETHESDA, Maryland, October 22, 2014 — Vanessa* is a survivor of domestic violence and pathological abuse living, fighting for her children and healing in The United States. I was very young when I entered the relationship. I was 21 when I met him. Before meeting him, I was social and outgoing. I was living at

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Ursula’s story: Know the signs and accept that you are being abused

BETHESDA, Maryland, October 21, 2014 — Ursula* is a survivor of domestic violence and pathological abuse living, raising her child and healing in The United States. My relationship started off wonderful. I thought I had met the man of my dreams. He was nice, charming, always buying me gifts and we had this crazy chemistry.

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Teresa’s story: He was a sociopath, not a good guy with a few bad demons

BETHESDA, Maryland, October 20, 2014 — Teresa* is a survivor of domestic violence and pathological abuse living, raising her son and healing in The United States. I met Sam shortly after I had moved back to my home state. I was in a bad place and sought comfort in his simplicity. When we first began

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Sofia’s advice on domestic violence: “Take off the blindfold. Knowledge is power.”

BETHESDA, Maryland, October 19, 2014 — Sofia* is a survivor of domestic violence and pathological abuse living and recovering in The United Kingdom. Before the relationship, I was vulnerable. I had just lost my father and come out of a long-term relationship. I wanted marriage and children. During the relationship, for the first few years

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Rachel’s story: Betrayal, abuse at the hands of a narcissist

BETHESDA, Maryland, October 18, 2014 — Rachel* is a survivor of domestic violence and pathological abuse living, thriving and raising her children in The United States. I must have been weak and needed help, because Mr. Right (wrong) rode up in a nice car and “saved” me from my lonely life and “fixed it” so

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Patricia’s story: Leave abusive, toxic relationships before it is too late

BETHESDA, Maryland, October 16, 2014 — Patricia* is a survivor of domestic violence and pathological abuse living and recovering in The United States. READ ALSO: ”Katherine’s story: Surviving pathological and intimate partner abuse Before the relationship, I was happy and full of life, looking for my one and only to share a happy life. During

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