Domestic abuse shatters your self esteem because you are treated in such an inhumam way. No…worse than that…you are treated worse than an animal.
Domestic violence and mental / emotional abuse take away your dignity and leave you feeling heavily weighted with shame. It is hard for people who have not been through abuse to understand the shame, and it is hard to explain to them.
The events which occur behind closed doors, in an abusive house, are dofficult to tell people about. If you try to tell them and they do not believe you, this can be very painful and re-traumatizing.
Because you cannot tolerate any more pain, you will likely give up after being re-traumatized a few times by people you thought would believe you.
Some of the events are harr for people to believe, particularly if they knew your abuser, and the abuser treated them completely differently…
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