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Cycle of Abuse

The most difficult part of a violent relationship is breaking the cycle of abuse. The constant apologies and remorse from your partner can make it extremely tough to sever things and go your separate ways.

The longer you stay in this relationship, the more abusive he/she will become and the tougher it will be for you end things. You’ll quickly find yourself getting more depressed and nervous, and you may even start believing his lies, thinking his actions are justified and you do deserve it.

There is never any excuse for domestic abuse.  By being observant, strong, and communicative, breaking the cycle of violence is possible, enabling women/men to move on with their lives.

TENSION BUILDING PHASE – Tension builds over common domestic issues like money, children or jobs.

BATTERING EPISODE – When the tension peaks, the physical and mental abuse begins.

HONEYMOON PHASE – First, the abuser is ashamed of his behavior. He expresses remorse, tries to minimize the abuse. He exhibits loving, kind behavior followed by apologies, generosity, and helpfulness. He will genuinely attempt to convince the partner that the abuse will not happen again.

Cycles of Abuse

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Respect for both yourself and others is crucial to a healthy relationship.

It is important to Educate on the value of self-respect and respect for others. Knowing what healthy and unhealthy relationships look like is imperative. Being equipped with necessary skills to develop and maintain healthy relationships including knowledge on how to break up in an appropriate way when necessary

The more we know, the more we Empower ourselves to recognize the behavioral signs before it’s too late. If we don’t do what needs to be done to prevent domestic violence today amongst our young people, they will for sure become the victims of tomorrow.

Let’s Talk’s purpose is to Educate, Empower & Inspire. As a Survivor myself, I am passionate about preventing violence against women/men. The first order of business was to create a platform to start having the conversation. Done! Now its time to get to work.

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