contains a DVD of two video programs and materials CD, with a Choose Respect discussion guide, Power Point slides, and appendices.
I was the girl who would say with pride that I would never let anyone, especially a boyfriend, hit me. He opened up to me immediately sharing the struggles with his family life growing up. He told me how his father was abusive to his mother and he hated him for it.
"And I loved him."Chloe no longer recognized the girl she'd become.
Eventually she found the courage to break up with Josh, but agreed to stay friends.
The first step in domestic violence is to charm the victim; the second is to isolate the victim. I began believing I deserved the abuse, and thought everybody else believed I was who he said I was.
The hell became so familiar that it was easier to stay rather than leave.
The signs weren't obvious, especially to a 14 year-old, but it began with him telling me he didn't like the shirts I wore, or that my skirt was too short; at the time, it was easy to mistake jealousy and control for adoration.