Our expert says:
I could understand you feeling sorry for the mom, who may also be treated badly by him. But do not feel guilty about leaving an abuser. If he's hungry, let him work hard to get a job. He should have remembered the old saying about not biting the hand that feeds one. Battered Woman Syndrome does not exist. But abusive partners, especially those who specialize in mental abuse, are expert and teaching you to assume that everything is your fault and that you should even feel guilty for what THEY do. YOU are NOT responsible for him --- it is he who is not sufficiently responsible for himself
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