Reese Witherspoon on the Abusive Relationship That Changed Her | SuperSoul Sunday | OWN

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  1. My first marriage was physical and my second was mentally. The 2nd marriage was only to be the only guy I married but he left me at 4 months pregnant but stupidly I took him back when our daughter was 5 years old. The first guy I married finally after 20 years apologized to me and said I didn’t deserve what he and his family did to me. Him and I are best friends now and we go to dinner once in a while but he calls or texts from time to time to see how I am. The 2nd guy is now deceased and I left him when he needed me most in life. But I had to save myself. Don’t ever be afraid to leave.

  2. Another reason why women stay in these abusive relationships is they don't have outside support. Whether it's from friends or family, they don't have anywhere to go, which is scary. Especially when you have little to no self-esteem.

  3. I spoke with a domestic violence counselor and asked her what "Domestic Violence" entailed. It is not just physical abuse, it is emotional abuse as well. She stated that emotional abuse is oftentimes longer-lasting than physical and harder for the victims to overcome. Reese is absolutely right about this. Also many men and women do not see it as abuse, you have to educate yourself. He/She is emotionally abusing you if he/she is throwing things and breaking things trying to intimidate you. That is abuse and will likely lead to actual physical abuse. The counselor also told me victims often leave and go back to their abuser; the average time is 7 times. Reese is right that it touches everyone. If you have questions about whether you are abused, please speak to someone. Do not stay silent. Staying silent is also part of the abuse.

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