One of the participants in our study said, “I began using the word ‘abusive’ to describe my relationship with my husband, and the behavior that caused me to end the marriage. While others may be uncomfortable with that word, I think it's important to not minimize what occurred.”
As this participant says, sometimes others may be uncomfortable with the words that survivors use to describe their experiences. And yet, in what ways do you believe that naming abusive behaviors as "abuse" can be helpful for survivors?
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