What makes abuse a uniquely awful experience is the feeling of utter isolation. When an abusive partner leaves the sense of isolation, sadly, doesn't leave with him. So as you start out on your journey it's easy to feel that you are going fearfully where few women have ventured before. If you knew how the journey might pan out; if you knew, especially, that things would improve, how much easier would that journey become?
So here are some of the most important things I discovered along the way.