I will say that I have never been in an abusive relationship, but I have known more than my fair share of people who have or are. And abuse is not just physical, it can be mental or emotional, controlling your money, threatens or humiliates you, acts jealous or possessive, these are all signs of an abusive partner. And it can happen to anyone. One study found that 1 in 4 women were physically abused/assaulted by a partner at some point in their lifetime. And another survey found that 30% of Americans said that they knew a woman who had been physically abused by their boyfriend/husband within the past year. Just stop and think about that for a second.
Now, I am not trained to handle people that are in these situations and I can't(and won't) tell you the best way to help a friend of yours that may be in this situation. But these people can:
- National Domestic Violence Hotline - 1-800-779-SAFE
Ok, I'm getting off of my soapbox now. And I promise not to do that very often, but I just needed to get that out there.
I will be back later with some lighter news about me and my biz-ness!!