Casting a long shadow and Abuse

On a cold but sunny Friday afternoon in December I took this photo. I was at one of my favourite places and thought the “shadow photo” would look cool.

Instead, it gave me the idea for this post. The long shadow that was cast in this image reminded me of the long shadow post-separation abuse casts over its victim’s lives.

So many people think that once you leave an abusive relationship, then that’s it. Plain sailing from here on in.

That couldn’t be further from the truth. And even more so if children are involved.

There is darkness and uncertainty in the shadows just as there is darkness and uncertainty living with post-separation abuse.

But there is light at the end of the very dark tunnel and there is support.

I started the year with an idea for a magazine, focusing on the difficult subject that is domestic abuse. Through the year I have been truly fortunate to meet some of the most inspiring and knowledgeable people I could ever hope to meet.

And they have given their time and effort to contribute to what I can only describe now as a unique resource of information, support and understanding. ⭐

The magazine, became my website 

And the website became my blogs and guest blogs with a whole host of information resources and support. I then started my podcast DIP in and out with Lucy 

I decided from the start that my podcast would be free to all, meaning no subscriptions.

Unfortunately, I know all too well the struggles faced when access to support can seem unreachable. I wanted to make DIP in and out with Lucy accessible for anyone who needed it.

And I am immensely proud of that decision.

“Amidst all the anguish and despair, when a glimmer of hope is there, you feel like you can do anything, take on every battle. And then you do.” – Lucy Wade.

To go back to the casting a long shadow photo.

Post-separation abuse and all it entails is my specialism. And although post-separation casts a long shadow over those involved. Eventually, the shadows disappear and we can start to move forward.

One step at a time.

I truly hope this New Year’s Eve that amongst all the resolution making and promises we make to ourselves and others, that we remember one simple fact.

We are human.

We are not perfect 100% of the time. We have days where we feel scared, sad and angry. And that’s ok.

The good days of 2024 will come and so will the challenging days.

But I hope for those impacted by domestic abuse that my website and podcast will continue to draw hope and compassion to all who need it.

🌟 The light at the end of the tunnel will eventually make the shadow disappear. 🌟

If this blog resonates with you or someone you know, visit my Resources Page for useful links and support.

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