When Love Hurts: Reflections from the Other Side

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[TRIGGER WARNING: Descriptions of emotional abuse + suicidal thoughts] By M. “You can commit yourself, or I will have you committed,” Robert, my therapist, said to me. I’d been in therapy for about a year. The small paneled office had been a lifeline for me over the previous several months, but today it felt like […]

We Were Living a Lie

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[TRIGGER WARNING: Descriptions of verbal, emotional, physical abuse; failed plan to take someone’s life] An interview with a survivor who is glad to be alive. In the aftermath of domestic abuse, and a failed plan by her former husband to hire someone to take her life, Deborah* has seen God work miracles. Through a strange turn of […]

STOP THE SILENCE: I Had To Get Away

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[TRIGGER WARNING: Descriptions of emotional abuse + stalking] By L. I knew something was wrong, during my short marriage to J., but couldn’t put my finger on it. One night, we watched a news story about a police chief who stalked, shot and killed his ex-wife in front of their children before turning the gun on […]

A New Heart, Beyond Stereotypical Womanhood

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We first met, one January morning, during her office hours. Dr. Catherine Kroeger’s eyes sparkled when our discussion turned to women in the Bible. She spoke of them fondly as if they were close friends—Miriam, Deborah, Abigail and a host of others from the Old and New Testaments. She spoke warmly to me although she […]

Through Our Eyes: Growing Past Abuse

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[TRIGGER WARNING: Descriptions of Verbal + Physical Abuse] By Kaley (18) & Amber (22) Kaley: It should have been a fun day. We were on our way to buy a dog. Dad had been in a good mood. My teenage brother Chase drove as my sister and I enjoyed the ride. Dad’s attitude changed suddenly […]