It became so bad that I could no longer make up excuses and deny what was happening. Just 18 months after we were married, I was barely recognisable as the person I once was.
I lost many friends and business associates because he scared them away, or turned them against me. The perpetual insults, micro-managing, distrust, put downs and threats shattered my self-esteem and confidence.
He was making me out to be the crazy one. He had everyone believing that it was my fault the relationship wasn’t working. He convinced our friends that I was adulterous, a liar and a horrible person, and that he was the abused person.