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'Physical abuse does not always mean broken bones and black eyes — anything that hurts you is considered abuse'

'Physical abuse does not always mean broken bones and black eyes — anything that hurts you is considered abuse'

'Physical abuse does not always mean broken bones and black eyes — anything that hurts you is considered abuse'

Q: My partner and I have gone through some changes in the last few months. I’ve been experiencing irregular periods, and they’ve increased to twice a month. This has resulted in a decrease in our sex life, although I don’t think it’s simply down to that.

He’s constantly saying he’s tired, busy and doesn’t seem to make the effort with me. I’ve gone through a lot of women’s health issues in the past 12 months but have not let it interfere with our relationship. Recently when we were abroad, he physically hurt me in a public place in front of our friends. He said he did it because I was flirty towards males — I’ve asked my pals if I was, and they all disagreed. I told him I will set boundaries if he feels I act that way.


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