When Is It Time To Throw In The Towel?
Time To Break The Cycle Of Abuse
My boyfriend and I have been together for the last year and a half. Our relationship had a very rocky start. In the beginning he was showing signs of being emotionally abusive but by the time I caught on, it had been only months of being together when we found out we were expecting a baby. Throughout my entire pregnancy I was put through the ringer with endless stress and worry. Every other month he was kicking me out of our house and I was constantly having to pack my things to move back in with my mother. At 32 weeks I went into labor early with my daughter, and after a series of very unfortunate events she passed away at 4 days old. The two of us were just absolutely destroyed over it.
Things were going very well with our relationship after the first month of losing our daughter and we were being very supportive of each other. But soon after, we were engaged in a physical fight where he ended up slamming my head into the ground and was arrested that night for domestic abuse.
Shortly after, he started therapy and began taking medication for severe depression and we thought that would help. Unfortunately, we broke up for three months after that. No contact at all until recently.
We decided to rekindle things and I thought things were going to change because he started his medication. But some of the same patterns are beginning again and I'm worried.
I told him today that he's an abusive person and that it's something I can't help him with and that I need to take some time away to sort myself out. He agreed to talk to his therapist about it but I don't know what good that will do.
Can an abusive person change? It's already causing so much conflict with my friends and family and I don't know what to do anymore.