Abusive relationships can be confusing

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“I’ve started to hide cash,” I told my counselor. It was only small amounts from our grocery budget, but I felt guilty lying to my husband.

“Good,” she replied. “Keep hiding it.”

I hadn’t expected that answer and, for the first time, it registered that perhaps our money situation was…

How an emergency call revealed the depth of my friend’s manipulative nature

Woman on phone looking worried
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Mid-afternoon my phone rang. My friend’s adult son was on the other end and he sounded panicked.

“Please hurry, something happened.”

I dropped what I was doing and raced over. It wasn’t the first time I’d been called over for urgent situations. …

As hard as it is to watch, it’s harder to acknowledge emotional abuse

A maid looks tired and sad
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I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to watch a realistic portrayal of emotional abuse. Sitting alone, my knees hugged to my chest, I almost didn’t get past the first episode of the Netflix series Maid. So much of it transported me back 4 years to the end of my…

Katherine Hart

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