"It takes courage to live through suffering and it takes honesty to observe it,"
SELF EMPOWERMENT & RELATIONSHIP ABUSE
It is known that an average of 20 people are physically abused by intimate partners every minute. This equates to more than 10 million abuse victims annually. 1 in 3 women have been abused by a partner. It takes on average a women up to 7 to 9 times to leave their abuser. Millions of Americans live in daily silent fear and millions of children are exposed to domestic violence annually. For these reasons, Postpartum Mamas has dedicated the Month of October to spread awareness about Domestic Violence Awareness Month within our Postpartum Mamas Curriculum.
Here are some warning signs/red flags if you are questioning if you are in a destructive relationship: Do you notice any of these behaviors and consistent destructive patterns in your relationship?
Gaslighting( making you question reality and blaming own faults onto you making you doubtful, feeling powerless and confused)
Control issues and behaviors(abusing you physically, emotionally, verbally & financially) giving you only an "allowance", breaking things, or throwing objects.
Your partner belittles you, puts you down, and demeans you. Tells you you are worthless, lazy and have no value.Hw
Isolates you and keeps you away from friends or gets jealous when you are with friends
Does not support your dreams or goals and tells you you are better off not achieving them
If any of these signals concern you or seem to be patterns in your relationship, we recommend reading The Emotionally Destructive Marriage by Leslie Vernick which is also on our Postpartum Mamas Resource Book List.
If you are having harmful or suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or 911 for immediate help.
If you need domestic violence resources please call the Domestic Violence Hotline at 1900-799-7233 or 911 immediately.
We also encourage any mothers experiencing or questioning if they are in a destructive or unsafe relationship such as domestic violence, or abuse to share their experiences in our safe & confidential support groups. If you need an additional individual clinical therapist & licensed counselor options and resources please see our Resources Tab or refer to the domestic violence hotline. We value your feedback so that we can continue to encourage and foster positive growth and healthy connections within our Postpartum Mamas Program.