Getting out of an abusive relationship
Violence by Elderly in the News
- Vic: Elderly man charged over walking stick attack | Article from AAP General News (Australia) | Hig
A 77-year old man is under arrest for attacking an 84-year old woman with his walking stick.
- Elderly man attacks woman
An 84-year old man is in custody after attacking a younger woman in a parking lot.
An elderly man attacked another man in a Wal-Mart with a pricing gun.
- Mother and baby injured as car crashes into Danvers Wal-Mart - Local News Updates - The Boston Globe
93-Year old drives car into local Wal-Mart, injuring a mother and her baby.
- Rage at any age: Mobility scooter grannies exchange blows in supermarket clash | Mail Online
Two elderly women on mobility scooters had to be dragged apart as they exchanged blows and rammed into each other in the aisle of an Iceland supermarket.
- Elderly man sentenced for killing 10-Shows no remorse
- Girl Hit By Elderly Driver Improving - Topix
- Elderly driver with an attitude [Archive] - Labor Law Talk
[Archive] Elderly driver with an attitude Traffic Law
- Elderly Massachusetts Woman Pleads Guilty to Deadly Hospital Drive-Thru Crash And Gets 18 Months Pro
Elderly Massachusetts Woman Pleads Guilty to Deadly Hospital Drive-Thru Crash And Gets 18 Months Probation :: Boston Criminal Lawyer Blog
- Elderly Road Rage Over Transit for the Disabled - New York Times
Complaints about delays as well as missed pick-ups inspired a group to initiate a campaign to improve Access-A-Ride, the city’s door-to-door transit for the disabled.
Although many abusive relationships are between lovers or spouses, there are other types as well. In my case, it was with my parent. Leaving a parent or parents is not an easy task. When you are 18, you can run away from home. When you are in your 40’s and you are the only person caring for your aging parent, it is not so easily accomplished.
Although many people in society are concerned with abuse of the elderly, the opposite is also occurring. It is not by chance that there are increasing numbers of reports about elderly populations running over people with their cars. When you go shopping in a grocery story you may have experienced the aggression of the elderly population as they use their shopping carts like weapons to push their way through the store.
Leaving an abusive relationship with an elderly parent is not an easy task. Modern society often operates under the assumption that the elderly do not abuse others. There seems to be a tacit agreement among the elderly to deny that they ever abuse others. In one study conducted in a nursing home, they found that in over 70% of the cases, the residents saw nothing wrong with their peers’ behaviors. This denial is often reinforced by religious teachings and societal guilt about the elderly. This denial often operates like a trap to keep the victims of abuse locked into the relationship.
The denial is made worse by the traumatic bonds formed that often keep the victim in the relationship. These bonds not only keep the victim in the relationship, they also silence the victims from speaking out. The reality is that there are some elderly people that are mean, there are some elderly perverts, there are some elderly criminals. Just because they are parents or grandparents does not mean that what they are doing is suddenly acceptable.
The first thing I had to do was to tell myself the truth about what was happening. I had to tell myself the truth about how my mother’s behavior was not acceptable. It was not because “she’s just an old lady”. She was abusive.
After recognizing the truth, the next step was giving myself permission to set boundaries. I also had to give myself permission to have a voice in the matter. When I quit letting my mother and society to dictate to me what was acceptable, I began claiming my freedom.
The boundaries at first were simple things. As I gained more success, I set more boundaries. With each boundary that was set, there came tests. She tested my boundaries. Each time I held firm, it felt like I gained a little more freedom and regained my own voice.
After setting some boundaries, and gaining emotional freedom, I then worked on attaining physical freedom. In order to do this, I separated myself from the abusive relationship in terms of legal obligations, and financial obligations. Many times these areas are used to keep people in bondage to the abuser, who has often exploited the victim using money or the law.
Once the legal and financial ties were severed, I took my escape plan the next step. I physically left the relationship. In doing so, I had to find a way to be “invisible” to not only her, but her friends and associates. Abusers often look at their victims as if they are personal property and hunt them down. Many shelters have privacy policies in order to keep their location and identity quiet. When a woman is trying to escape her mother, it is a little more difficult. Since the shelters often cater to women, another woman has an easier time gaining access to information. I had to find another way to become invisible.
Although it seems ‘radical’ to go invisible or ‘go underground’ in escaping abusive relationships, many times this is the only way to truly escape the abuser. The abuser does not accept your freedom. They often do not tolerate you being separate from them. Each day I was away from my abuser, I grew stronger. My voice returned, and my family was now safe as the cycle of abuse had been broken.
Abusive Relationship Links
- Who Stole My Mother?
It took me years to leave an abusive relationship. You can learn from my mistakes and successes. You do not have to suffer in desperation any longer. How much longer do you want to endure? You can stop it now, find out how.
- Are You a Toxic Parent? - washingtonpost.com
- Borderline Personality Disorder and Toxic Parents
- Barnes & Noble.com - Books: Toxic Parents, by Susan Forward ...
- Resources for Understanding the Abusive Relationship
- Warning Signs of an Abusive Relationship
Books on Personal Privacy and Invisibility
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Elderly People can be violent too (funny)
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