In our #SurvivorStories Series episode, we feature "Caitlin"--a protective mother who shares custody of her two children with her ex-husband. Caitlin describes how her ex-husband's behavior revealed signs of abuse that she didn't want to acknowledge nor understand. As Caitlin began to realize that her relationship was one of psychological and emotional abuse, began to seek help and advice from therapists, attorneys and the court, none of whom were able to understand, acknowledge or protect her and her children. Caitlin considers herself one of the "lucky" ones whose claims of abuse, though minimized and not held to account, didn't result in the too often retaliation against protective mothers through placement of the children's custody with the abuser. It is Caitlin's wish that by sharing her story, more people can understand how abuser tactics work to discredit abuse and protect the abuser from being held accountable and the children from being safe.
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