This woman was beaten by her boyfriend and published photos to denounce violence against women
In France, domestic violence statistics are cold. Our colleagues at Le Figaro have also reported that 16 women were killed by the blows of their spouse or ex-spouse and this only during the month of January. Thus, these abuses may not only cause long-term physical and mental health problems but may also cost them their lives. A battered woman decided to shout her sentence to denounce this horrible plague. Discover in this article its story relayed by the Daily Mail.
In addition to the obvious physical sequelae, women victims of domestic violence or abuse are at a much higher risk of suffering from various mental health problems, including post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, substance abuse and suicidal ideation.
Also, unlike other assaults, in situations of domestic violence, acting out is usually followed by remorse and apology. But this "honeymoon" never lasts, supplanted once again by the raging storm of a fiery and angry partner. A vicious circle that pushes these women to live in perpetual terror, constantly anticipating the next explosion.
It is therefore not surprising that living under such physical and emotional pressure ultimately affects the physical and mental well-being of these women. Indeed, studies found that the risk of post-traumatic stress was seven times higher for women who were victims of domestic violence than those who were not victims. The probability of developing a depression being 2.7 times greater, theanxiety four times greater and drug and alcohol abuse six times higher.
Beaten for refusing to satisfy his man's wishes
The abominable story that we will tell you is that of Stephanie Littlewood, 32 years, who was nearly beaten to death by her boyfriend, and that is only wrong to refuse to sleep with him. Result: a beating that lasted 45 minutes, leaving the young woman completely unconscious.
Stephanie finally came out with serious bruises, three broken teeth and jaw after Wayne Hoban strangled her and repeatedly hit her face. The young mother decided to reveal to the world the horror of the massacre by sharing photos of them in the hospital, broken teeth and a completely swollen face.
Accused of serious bodily harm, his ex boyfriend was arrested and sentenced to 16 months in prison. Stephanie told our confreres Sun "I want to warn other women of the kind of monster he is. In April, my former partner Wayne Hoban beat me almost to death. He was in a bad mood all night and wanted to have sex with month. When I rejected him, he became aggressive and angry. He threw me on the bed, leaving me in tears under the blanket and came out. ". She adds: "A few seconds later, he shredded the entire blanket and threw it on the floor, grabbing me by the ankle and pulling me out of bed. He then threw me down, sat on me and strangled me so that I could not move, giving me 40 total or 50 shots. ".
In shock, the young woman must now face its physical and psychological sequelae. By trusting Cosmopolitan, the young woman said, "Every day, I have to deal with the effects of what he did. Whenever I brush teethI look at myself in the mirror and see what he did to me. ".
How to recover?
We usually experience conjugal violence as intimate and private crises. Refusing to talk about it, many survivors feel isolated because of a lack of support and a sense of shame about victimization in our society.
It should be known that recovery is a gradual process. First of all, it must be admitted that it was not your fault that you made the best choices possible, since all the decisions you made before, during and after the aggression were limited by certain situation.
Also, you must be aware that there is no right or wrong way to feel things or to heal. Your reactions and your healing process are entirely related to your personality. Culture, economic context and past traumatic experiences that can influence the healing process in a positive or negative way. So, talk to ladies and do not forget that you are not alone!
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