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"Forgive yourself." ~ Domestic violence survivor #seethetriumph

"Forgive yourself." ~ Domestic violence survivor #seethetriumph

"Put yourself first. Set little achievable goals for yourself stepping forward and reward yourself." ~ Domestic violence survivor #seethetriumph

"Put yourself first. Set little achievable goals for yourself stepping forward and reward yourself." ~ Domestic violence survivor #seethetriumph

"I am a survivor, not a victim." ~ Domestic violence survivor #seethetriumph

"I am a survivor, not a victim." ~ Domestic violence survivor #seethetriumph

"Find a way out. Your friends, true friends, will be there." ~ Domestic violence survivor #seethetriumph

"Find a way out. Your friends, true friends, will be there." ~ Domestic violence survivor #seethetriumph

"Surround yourself with people who love and honor you." ~ Domestic violence survivor #seethetriumph

"Surround yourself with people who love and honor you." ~ Domestic violence survivor #seethetriumph

"It is better to be alone than to be in an abusive relationship." ~ Domestic Violence survivor

"It is better to be alone than to be in an abusive relationship." ~ Domestic Violence survivor

"I've learned to cut out people who are 'abusive' even in small ways--I just won't stand for it in my friendships." ~ Domestic violence survivor #seethetriumph

"I've learned to cut out people who are 'abusive' even in small ways--I just won't stand for it in my friendships." ~ Domestic violence survivor #seethetriumph

"Stand strong, stand tough. YOU CAN DO IT!" ~ Domestic violence survivor #seethetriumph

"Stand strong, stand tough. YOU CAN DO IT!" ~ Domestic violence survivor #seethetriumph

"Stand up for yourself." ~ Domestic violence survivor #seethetriumph

"Stand up for yourself." ~ Domestic violence survivor #seethetriumph

"I No Longer Feel Ashamed About What Happened To Me" ~ Domestic violence survivor #seethetriumph

"I No Longer Feel Ashamed About What Happened To Me" ~ Domestic violence survivor #seethetriumph

"Fill your life with things that make you feel loved and worthy, because you are." ~ Domestic violence survivor #seethetriumph

"Fill your life with things that make you feel loved and worthy, because you are." ~ Domestic violence survivor #seethetriumph

The abuser will alternately blame everyone and everything else for his or her unhappiness in life then deny that any such problems or unhappiness exists.  Your choices are solely your own and the abuser’s choices belong to him or her, as well. You are not responsible for defining another person’s happiness and you sure aren’t required to “pay” for his or her unhappiness.

Reasons are Not Excuses

The abuser will alternately blame everyone and everything else for his or her unhappiness in life then deny that any such problems or unhappiness exists. Your choices are solely your own and the abuser’s choices belong to him or her, as well. You are not responsible for defining another person’s happiness and you sure aren’t required to “pay” for his or her unhappiness.