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Domestic Abuse Cycle



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Dan went into his apartment after working the nightshift as a police officer in Chicago and was so tired he didn’t even eat. He just undressed before falling into bed.

He woke up about 4 PM. He put some coffee on while he jumped in the shower. Then, he fried some bacon and made some fried eggs.

He met his partner, Sam, while walking into the precinct just before they headed out for their shift.

“Hey Sam, How are you doing tonight?”

“Doing good. How about you?”

“Nothing new in my boring life. How are the wife and kids?”

“Everyone is well. Sam Jr. got a 100 on his science test.”

“That’s great. It must be nice to have a family waiting at home.”

“You need to find a wife. I mean you are fairly good looking and 6’2”.

“What do you mean fairly good looking?” Dan said as he laughed.

That night they arrested Tom Brennan, at 2 AM, a man who abused his wife after breaking into her home. She had a restraining order against him, but obviously that didn’t stop him. They called an ambulance for Julie Brennan as she was unconscious when they arrived.”

Meeting Julie Brennan

When the officers got through with their shift, Dan decided to head to the hospital to check on the abused wife.

He was still in his uniform when he checked with the nurse and was told he could go in to see Julie Brennan if she was awake.

He stuck his head in the door and said “Can I come in for a minute?”

She looked up at him and nodded her head yes. He noted her beautiful blue eyes, even though the left eye was blackened, and he could see bruises on her arms. She was a petite woman with beautiful light brown curly hair.

“Mrs. Brennon, I just thought I would stop in and check on you.”

“That’s very nice of you.” She looked up at this tall man in his police uniform with a serious face.

“When did you wake up Mrs. Brennan?”

“In the ambulance, but I don’t know how long I was out. I guess a neighbor heard something because I don’t remember calling 911.”

“I don’t mean to get into your private affairs, but do you have a safe place to stay?” Dan asked.

She got teary eyed and said, “We have a court date for our divorce in two days. That’s why my husband is going nuts again. We have been separated for almost a year. I’m sorry, officer, please sit down.”

“I understand,” Dan said softly. “But, you didn’t answer my question.”

“Oh, it's a problem. I can’t go to my parent’s house, because Tom has threatened to burn their house down if I go there. My brother lives 1200 miles away, and he doesn’t know about the abuse, only the divorce. He would beat my husband to a pulp if he knew.

Anyway, I may go to a hotel or possibly to the Safe Harbor home for women if I need to, but I need to go back to work soon also.

“You may miss a day or two until you are discharged from the hospital. At least you have some options, but your husband probably made bail already. I would like to think you are safe."

“Thank you ahh, what is your name?”

“Officer Dan Stevens. And, you are very welcome. I am going to let you get some rest. Here is my card, and I am writing my cell phone number on the back. You can call me if your have questions or need help.”

Julie smiled slightly saying, “I appreciate that. I will be here at least one more day while they determine if I have a concussion.”

Dan nodded and walked out the door. He stopped for breakfast before he went home to sleep.

That night at work he related his visit with Julie Brennan to Sam.

“I know you have a soft spot for abused women and kids, but a hospital visit?”

“I just felt so bad for this woman, and I wanted to see if she woke up. Thank goodness she woke in the ambulance.”

“If you want my advice, I would say don’t get too involved,” said Sam.



Getting to Know Each Other

The night went smoothly with just a couple of criminal arrests. When Dan got off work he decided to go check on Julie Brennan again. He knew he probably shouldn’t get involved as Sam suggested, but he felt protective of this woman.

When he neared her room he still asked the nurse about visiting, and she gave her okay. Dan stuck his head in again and saw Julie sitting up in bed.

“Can I come in?” Dan asked while smiling, and Julie’s face seemed to light up.

Julie said, “Of course.”

“How are your today Mrs. Brennan?”

“Much better,” she replied. “And, please call me Julie.”

“Okay Julie. Just call me Dan. Are you being discharged today?”

“Yes, and I think I will check into a hotel just to be safe. I do need to get some clothes and my car, of course.”

“Do you want me to take you to get your car and your clothes?”

“I hate to ask you to take your time to help me, but if it is not inconvenient I would appreciate your help.”

“What time will you be discharged? I know your husband was released, but do you think he will be at work?”

“They told me I will be discharged by 9:00. And yes, he should be at work today, but he drinks so much I don't know.”

“I’ll wait for you to be discharged and take you home.”

“Okay, I have all my paperwork, and they insist I leave in a wheelchair, which will be here any time.”

When they arrived at Julie’s home she thanked Dan for the ride, and he left to go home and get some sleep.

She quickly gathered some clothes together and packed a conservative blue dress for court. She was in her car and headed to find a hotel in a short amount of time.

The next day Tom was in court, but the judge noted Julie's black eye. He gave Julie and a reasonable amount of alimony. He also gave Tom a stern warning about stalking Julie or ever hurting her again.

Julie hurried out of court to avoid Tom. She called a locksmith to change the locks on the house again. He arrived about noon. She finally thought the drama was over with Tom, but she still felt sad.

She put clothes away and spent some time cleaning the house. By the end of the afternoon she felt lonely and too emotional. She finally decided to call Dan.

“Hi Dan.”

“Hi Julie. How did court go today?”

“Very well actually. The judge warned my husband about the restraining order. If he violates it again he will be looking at more jail time.”

“I am glad everything went well. Are you okay?”

“I am. This divorce has been coming for quite a while. I should have divorced him a long time ago, and it has been a couple of rough days”

“How would you like to go out for just a friendly dinner tonight?”

“I would love to.”

They went to dinner and found they both read books by the same authors. They talked for three hours before Dan took her home.

“Dan said, “Good night Julie. I have enjoyed this evening,” as he walked her to the door.

“I did too Dan. I didn’t want to be alone tonight, and you were a wonderful companion,” she smiled as she went into her house.

What You Probably Didn’t Know about Domestic Abuse


Domestic Violence - https://www.merckmanuals.com/home/women-s-health-issues/violence-against-women/domestic-violence

© 2019 Pamela Oglesby


Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 07, 2020:

Hi Peggy,

I was trying to write a realistic tale and I guess I succeeded. i would hape they find happiness as well. I appreciate your comments.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 07, 2020:

It is sad to know that restraining orders often do not work in cases of domestic abuse. This is a realistic tale, and one can hope that Dan and Julie eventually find happiness together.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 02, 2019:

Hi Lora, I agree with your thoughts on abusive realationships. i appreciate your kind comments.

Lora Hollings on June 01, 2019:

A very good story Pamela! It really shines the spotlight on abuse and sadly, the prevalence of it as your statistics point out. People need to realize that if they are in an abusive relationship, they need to quickly get out of it before it becomes dangerous as it can be life- threatening. I liked the main characters also. Very well written!

Robert Sacchi on May 23, 2019:

You're welcome. Thank you for posting.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 23, 2019:

Hi Robert, Thank you for your nice comments.

Robert Sacchi on May 22, 2019:

A story of an ending and a beginning. Nicely done.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 20, 2019:

Hi Maria, I wanted to address this topic, but with graphic details. Thank you for your kind comments. I hope you have a great week. Love, Pam

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on May 19, 2019:

Dear Pam,

This story is both heartbreaking and hopeful.

Your fictional exploration of this alarming issue is realistic and so helpful in spreading awareness.

Beautiful and necessary writing.

Love and thanks, Maria

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on May 19, 2019:

Well noted, please. Though I had already commented. Thanks.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 19, 2019:

Hi Genna, Thank you so much for your generous comments. I am concerned about the rising statistics for domestic abuse.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on May 18, 2019:

Your story pulled us in right from the beginning. I've read that domestic abuse has risen, alarmingly. And I was heartened to see the way that Dan took a caring interest in Julie. But as you mentioned in your comment, she needs to time to heal. Thank you for this well written story, Pamela.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on May 15, 2019:

Hi, Pamela, you'll be welcomed. Thanks.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 15, 2019:

Hi Jason, I have not decided whether to continue this story, but it seems a few people think it is a good idea, so I will give it some serious thought. I appreciate your enthusiams and nice comments.

Jason Behm from Cebu, Philippines on May 15, 2019:

I was captured by the story of Julie and Dan. I could see hope and spark between them, but from the title, what really is Dan's motive: only friendship, or as lovers or just a call of duty. I am excited for the continuation of the story...oh please...

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 14, 2019:

Hi Lori, Emotional and mental abuse damage everyone living with it, and when the abuser can't admit the mistakes it is best to get away. It is difficult to divorce when children are involved. I have been there too and did get divorced after 17 years. My ex is living a sad, broken life, as well, according to my oldest son.

The other two boys haven't even talked to him for numerous years.

I have been remarried to a wonderful man for 23 years this month, but it took time for me to heal in between the marriages.

I haven't admitted this online before, but I relate to your comments so much. My children did turn out okay thank goodness. I appreciate you sharing your experience.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 14, 2019:

Hi Ms. Dora, I really think you are right as Julie needs time to heal. If she is eventually going to have a relationship with Dan, they ought to remain just casual friends for a while. Healing takes a lot of time for anyone who has been domestically abused. Thank you for commenting.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 14, 2019:

Dear Eric, You are a wonderful sweet man, and I love you too my friend.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 14, 2019:

Hi Maebakagh, Thank you so much for your comments. Certainly abuse can happen in many different circumstances, but it shouldn't.

Lori Colbo from United States on May 13, 2019:

What a sweet story in that Dan and Julie found each other. I hope the story continues.

My ex never laid a hand on me but was emotionally and mentally abusive to me and our children, and by things that he did. After 25 years of living with it, I curled up one day and didn't want to live anymore. Going to the psych ward was a gift. I had a lot of help from my pastor and church friends, and of course, and we divorced. It hurt my children for the divorce and I hate that, but so did living in that constant abuse. I am happy to say my ex and I have made peace. He lives a sad broken life and I hope he will find the Lord. Now my kids are still dealing with the demons of the past. I was not faultless in the marriage but I could not live anymore with a man who would not work toward healing and change.

DV is a very serious problem. What is hard is watching someone go through it and not willing to get help and get away. It's a process for the abused one usually to finally see what is really going on. Sometimes it's too late, or sometimes they get into another similar situation. Thanks for shedding light on it. The video was great.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on May 13, 2019:

Right now, it's duty plus . . . and I'm happy for Julie because she needs it. She's not ready to handle else though. Good beginning!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on May 13, 2019:

Came back for such interesting notions. I reckon I love the writer of this piece.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on May 13, 2019:

That is well noted. But don't you think that some coy can likely abuse a woman in trouble?

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 13, 2019:

Hi Shauna, A cop was the best thing I could think of for an abused woman to have for support and maybe more than friendship. So, let your imagination be the guide. Thanks for commenting Shauna.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 13, 2019:

Hi Eric, A no abuse life style is the way life should go. We need love, compassion, empathy and laughter is our lives.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on May 13, 2019:

It's always a good idea to have a cop on your side when you find yourself in a bad situation. Just because Tom and Julie are divorced doesn't mean he'll quit messing with her.

Hopefully, Dan and Julie will become more than just friends.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on May 13, 2019:

Came back to read. I have to breath and think of how to present this to a nine year old. It is not for us, but to see in classmates at school. We are our neighbor's keeper.

(The only abuse around here is eating vegetables, water fights and tickling)

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 13, 2019:

Hi Linda, I couldn't agree more. I appreciate your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 13, 2019:

Hi Clive, The abuse cycle is a growing problem, and some men are abused by women too. As an RN I sat on the child and adult abuse committees at the local Navy base. We did have a man that was being abused. The women abuses were awful as well.

I don't think it is really a male privledge as it is against the law. Do I wonder why this is a growing problem. Maybe it is due to life being more complicated or abuse seen on TV. I don't have the answers for prevention. Thanks for your comments Clive.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 13, 2019:

Hi Ruby, I am glad you liked the story and I left the ending to reach your own conclusions. Thank you for commenting.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 12, 2019:

Thank you for this reminder about domestic abuse, Pamela. It's a serious problem that needs to be publicized.

Clive Williams from Jamaica on May 12, 2019:

Mmmm..A lot in this article to think about. Neva knew the domestic abuse cycle. Never knew of the male privilege.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on May 12, 2019:

This was a great story and some good information about abuse. I have a good feeling about Julie and Dan......

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 12, 2019:

Hi Pop, I agree that we need to help people that are abused as when you become a prisoner of the abuser it has a huge emotional impact.

Your instinct was right on for the husband of your friend. I think many people are afraid to tell anyone when they are abused, which is sad. Society does need to reach out. Thanks for sharing your experience and thoughts on this problem. Happy Mother's day Pop!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 12, 2019:

Hi Linda, I am so sorry to hear that. I know it takes a huge amount of time to fully recover and many people that are abused actually have PTSD symptoms. If the abuser was also a heavy drinker or drug user your daughter could get some help from a group like Alanon. Many people there will have had some similar experiencs, so it is a comfortable place. I hope she got some type of help.

Thank you for sharing and commenting on this story.

Happy Mother's Day Linda!

breakfastpop on May 12, 2019:

I imagine that more women and some men suffer from abuse more than we realize. Often, it is one of the best kept secrets. I have a good friend whoas married to a man I couldn't stand. Having said that, I had no idea that he was physically abusive. When I found out, I cried. She had no reaction at all. Women like this become prisoners of their abusers. Society needs to reach out and offer more protections for those who suffer from abuse.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on May 12, 2019:

Pamela this hits far too close. My younger daughter was abused by her (now ex) husband. He hurt her so badly emotionally and spiritually that she still has not recovered. However, she does have a new person in her life and is beginning the healing process after almost 10 years.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 12, 2019:

Hi Lorna, This is certainly not a happy topic, but it is such a big problem. Thank you for your very kind comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 12, 2019:

Hi Bill, I agree that this is an epidemic. You even hear about abuse with teen dating. I also agree about cutting funding for social services. I appreciate your comments.

Lorna Lamon on May 12, 2019:

Hi Pamela, Thank you for highlighting this sensitive topic which unfortunately happens all too often. Your piece is both thought provoking and educational. Thank you for sharing.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 12, 2019:

This is an epidemic in this country, and if we keep cutting funding for social services, it will only get worse. Thank you for shedding light on a very serious problem.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 12, 2019:

Hi Liz, I wrote this because as you said "sadly" this happens too often. I appreciate your kind words, and I am glad you you found the story heart-warming.

Liz Westwood from UK on May 12, 2019:

This is a well-written, heart-warming story based on a subject that sadly happens too often.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 12, 2019:

Hi Miebakagh, Thank your for commenting on this story. I wish you good luck on your writing.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 12, 2019:

Hi Flourish, I glad you like my style of writing. I have know some women that have experienced domestic violence. It is a terrible way to live. Thank you so uch for your kind comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 12, 2019:

Hi Eric, Sometimes people need a helping hand when they have no loed ones to rely on in a tough situation. I think love triumphs for you. Thanks for commenting my friend.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on May 11, 2019:

Hello, Pamela, is this a short story? Good. I have book mark it for further study. I just read with pleasure and interest. However, I have noted the descriptive datails while reading. I will carry beyond and above, and make a sketch story involving just three or four charaters. I though I can leverage on a little personal experience too to make it down to earth. Thanks for sharing!

FlourishAnyway from USA on May 11, 2019:

The cruelty and violence that can be inflicted by domestic partners and lovers can be astounding. I’ve known a number of women and a few men who have suffered in this way. I’m glad you are exploring creative writing. You have an easy style I like.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on May 11, 2019:

An Awesome piece and I think right on for Mother's day. I went to court twice with my ex wife after we were ex's. No one ever ever ever. Last time was the last time I beat the heck out of someone. Sometimes the law acts slowly.

I do love now. But maybe I would change that in one heartbeat.

Thank you for the reminder and how we have to butt in when needed.

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