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Cutting off abusive parents AFTER they have tried to make amends?

My parents were abusive for over a decade of my life, profoundly and in many ways permanently impacting my physical health and emotional and social well-being. Since that time, they have apologized, but I am still incredibly angry and hurt by the choices they made. Could cutting off contact help me move on? Mefites who have been in similar situations, please share your experiences and suggestions for healing. More details below. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 30, 2013 - 46 answers

How to support the abused

I've started to date again after the end of an eight year relationship. The good news is I've met an amazing woman and we're starting to develop a more serious relationship. The part I (male) need help with is that it turns out she was physically, sexually, mentally, and emotionally abused in several previous relationships over the course of about 15 years. How do I support her as a new relationship partner? Can you recommend any good resources for me to read? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 1, 2012 - 11 answers

How can I let go of past abuse?

Is it possible to let go of past injuries? My parents were abusive when I was growing up (both physically and emotionally) and I have been dealing with depression and anxiety ever since, with medication and therapy. Now, though, they have changed (really), and I'm trying to figure out how to let go of what happened and have a good relationship with the people they are now. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 7, 2011 - 16 answers

Resources on complicated grief

Where can I find resources on complicated grief, especially with regard to grieving something that never was? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 8, 2011 - 6 answers

What do I call this?

Some things happened to me when I was a child and I'm not sure what to call them but I think they were abusive? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 5, 2011 - 20 answers

How would you react to this?

How would you react if your long-term boyfriend/girlfriend told you they have a past history of extensive physical, sexual, and emotional abuse? Or do you say anything at all? Relevant details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 19, 2010 - 31 answers

How to deal with a severing of sibling ties?

I am looking for resources to help me deal with the growing realization that I was abused, physically and emotionally, by my older brother for the better part of 20 years. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 8, 2010 - 25 answers

Help me ask for help.

I have a traumatic past and a partner who wants to be supportive, but I don't know how to ask for support! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 12, 2009 - 14 answers

PTSD/EMDR questions

I'm a 27 year old female dealing with PTSD from extreme childhood abuse and psychoanalysis is not working. I've read previous AskMe questions, but would like more feedback from people who have had EMDR therapy. I'm also wondering if anyone has any advice on mild dissociation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 30, 2009 - 19 answers

"Won't Somebody Think of the Children??"

Help me identify a book I read as a child that scared the bejeebers out of me! [more inside]
posted by hermitosis on Nov 17, 2006 - 3 answers

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