I was convinced that once I was able to gain some space from John I would finally start to feel safe. In my fantasies of what it would be like without him lurking behind every corner I turned, I was finally able to breathe freely and deeply again without the constant fear I had felt … Continue reading The Second Time I Called the Police
You Are Loved
It's really easy to get lost amidst the stress and the drama of a divorce. It's too easy to forget that you are loved.... to easy to feel lost and alone. This is especially true when the person that you are divorcing is controlling and abusive. I felt myself withering away. There were times that... … Continue reading You Are Loved
It's amazing how threatening a subtle comment can be when you have a history of abuse lurking behind it. I imagine that if a stranger overheard the things John said to me that I knew were meant as a threat, they might think that it was innocent.... that I was overreacting... and that is what … Continue reading John’s Character
Court Appointed Parenting Class
As part of the divorce process in Connecticut you are required to attend a court appointed parenting class if there are children involved. It is a day long event in which a room is filled with emotional people ... some who are heart broken.... some who are furious... all who do not want to be … Continue reading Court Appointed Parenting Class
Have you ever had to talk yourself through breathing? Legitimately tell yourself, "Take a breath in.... now blow it out... again..." as if you might stop breathing on the spot if you didn't remind yourself how to do it? Have you ever felt the debilitating pain in your chest as you fought to force your … Continue reading Breathe
Somewhere, deep down, I had thought that once I had the courage to serve John that everything would start getting better. I would see the light at the end of the tunnel and I would feel as if I was working towards a better life. And then I was introduced to the court system. What … Continue reading Family Relations
One thing I learned as I researched narcissists is that they rarely admit their flaws. John was no different. The reality of our impending divorce was very clear. There was no question that this divorce was happening. Living in the house was like walking around live grenades all day trying not to set one off. … Continue reading Ostrich
Is it Abuse?
John became less and less cooperative as we progressed through the divorce and remained in the same house together. He continued to twist everything I said and did to try and make me doubt myself. I'm not sure why I engaged in conversations with him about the divorce. Perhaps I still thought that I might … Continue reading Is it Abuse?
An Unstable Man
Things really stared heating up after John was served. I started keeping a journal of everything that was happening at home in the hopes that a judge would someday look at it and see that it was dangerous for the children to have time alone with John. John became even more short and rough with … Continue reading An Unstable Man
And so it Begins…
After I met with my lawyer I let John know that he was going to be served. I even went as far as to ask him where he would like to be served. Again... I was protecting him... accommodating him. It was all I knew. I wasn't sure how he was going to react. I … Continue reading And so it Begins…