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Do victims of abuse fully recover after an abusive relationship?


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Answered 2006-08-29 05:58:23

Recovery takes time, and a full recovery may require counselling, too. In principle, a full psychological recovery is possible. Obviously, key factors include the extent and nature of the damage, and also what you do after you have emerged from the abuse. I hope that others will add their thoughts and advice. The above poster is correct. I volunteer at an Abused Women's Center and I know that the statistics of women not reporting abuse is 90%!!!! They are fearful and terrified for their lives in many cases the abuser will even use the children (if any) to keep the victim under control. I won't lie to the fact that badly abused women (or men) never get over the side effects of abuse 100%, but, if they seek counseling and are determined to have a better life their future is greatly brightened. I have to friends who were abused (one sexually from her father and another beaten to a pulp, stabbed twice and left to die.) Society sometimes thinks that people who stay with abusive mates are weak, but they are not. In fact, I'm honored to be in the presence of these women and listen to their stories. If some fail to leave the abusive relationship it's mainly because they have been badly brain-washed into thinking they will never survive out in society (a lie the abuser tells their spouse for ensured control of their victim.) For those women that fight back and go for counseling they are the lucky ones.

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