When Jenni met her husband, she thought that he was kind and different. But as they got more serious and eventually married, his abusive behavior became evident, then more and more constant, deeply affecting her and their kids. No matter what she did or didn’t do, she endured physical abuse, chronic criticism, and other forms of covert emotional abuse. However, as is the case with all abuse victims, she found out that his behavior was not dependent on hers – there was nothing she could do to change him. Also like many survivors, it was difficult for Jenni to find people in her community who believed her claims about her husband and supported her decision to leave. This Double Abuse® made her question her own experience and resolve. Jenni has summarized her story below. She is now free from her abusive relationship and on the road to recovery. We hope that her story and strength will bring hope to you and give courage to anyone you know who has endured physical or emotional abuse.
If you were moved by Jenni’s story, please share this post on social media to help bring awareness to the realities of Original Abuse and Double Abuse®. Her story highlights why it’s so important to believe and support victims. If you are in a circumstance like Jenni’s that is abusive, we encourage you to put yourself first and find that help you need as soon as possible, whether that’s telling a trusted friend or finding a therapist. In the meantime, we encourage you to peruse our resources for more information about abuse. Learning the terms and vernacular that summarize our experiences is often an empowering first step to gaining clarity and escaping an abusive situation.