Our expert says:
It is ALWAYS a very good idea to break up ( as safely as possible ) with an abuser, and it sounds as though you have used the time since then, well.
Talk with him pleasantly about the fact that you have been bruised by an ugly and abusive relationship, and you're still recovering from it. You find that you're impressed that he seems a really nice guy, but realize you are really not ready for a relationship yet. That you'd be pleased to have him as a friend, but realize also that this may not be satisfactory for him and would understand it if he would like to simply part in a friendly manner.
There are no rules about when you MUST have a stead relationship - it's entirely up to whatever proves best for you.
Beautifully put by Maria
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