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(from Dr. Phil Show)
- History of past battering
- Threats of violence
- Breaking items in anger
- Use of force during arguments
- Unreasonable jealousy
- Controlling behavior
- Over-involvement in the relationship
- Verbal abuse/​blaming others for problems
- Cruelty to children/​animals
- Abrupt mood changes

- Call the police
- Avoid becoming isolated
- Confide in someone
- Fight the shame; no one deserves to make you afraid
- Keep a record (including pictures) in a safe place
- Develop an emergency safety plan -- keep spare keys, money and clothes in a safe place, and know where you can go in the middle of the night
- Consider ending the relationship as soon you can

The Crazy Love Project

Shared Stories of Surviving Domestic Abuse

Bruises On My Wedding Day

January 25, 2010

I read your book in two days. As I turned each page, I knew what was next. I feel like I wrote your book.

The similarities were uncanny. The poor cat he made me give away, the refusal to acknowledge what he had done,the gun to my head,the red marks around my neck, going unconscious, the isolation, the fear to tell anyone,the jealousy if I talked to anyone but him, what you went through five days before your wedding.

As I stood getting the final alterations on my gown one week before, I had large, ugly bruises on my back. I knew I was making a mistake. But I loved him so much.

I thought it would get better. On my wedding night, he was thrown in jail finally after a 911 call. He beat me badly. He still never will admit it to this day.

I went through that alone far from home in another state, never telling anyone. It was too embarrassing. How could I let this happen to me?

Your book made chills go up my spine. I HAD BEEN THERE, TOO. I finally divorced him five years ago. I still love him. I still struggle with this. I'm still fighting to recover.

I just wanted you to know that your book really helped me. Honestly, THANK YOU. It was great to know I wasn't the only girl this happened to. God Bless.


  1. June 1, 2011 10:10 PM EDT
    Your story might have well been my own. Right down to the different-state thing. You are SO STRONG.
    - Amy
  2. February 8, 2013 10:49 AM EST
    I am from Brazil and I have the same felling when I watched the video. At the beginig he was funny and loves me a lot. After two years of relashionship he changed and pass to scream and huff. After four years he started to beat me and always saying I am sorry and this is never going to repeat again. After 14 year I had the courage and told to everyone what was happenig and now Iam starting a new part of my life.
    - Lawyer

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