Dating again after an abusive relationship

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The trauma of experiencing domestic abuse can take a long time to recover from, and survivors need time to rebuild their confidence, self-esteem and ability to trust a new partner.

Katie Ghose, the chief executive of Women's Aid, told "Domestic abuse has a long-lasting and devastating impact on survivors.

Once I stopped projecting onto him and watched not what he said but what he did.

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‘My Princess’ – again, in the right context, those words can be lovely. Or even in the first few weeks of being with someone?

When he later cut me down and accused me of not being that perfect Madonna, I did all I could to prove I was worthy of his love. If I could show him I was still that special one, then perhaps that was all he needed to change and I could fix things. Don’t project onto someone else who you hope they’ll be in the future.

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