Friends, Lovers or Duty?

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Domestic Abuse Cycle

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“More than 1 in 4 women and more than 1 in 7 men in the United States has experienced severe physical violence at the hands of an intimate partner during their lifetime.”

Fan Fiction

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.

Dinner

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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

References

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


Questions & Answers

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    • Robert Sacchi profile image

      Robert Sacchi 

      2 days ago

      You're welcome. Thank you for posting.

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      3 days ago from Sunny Florida

      Hi Robert, Thank you for your nice comments.

    • Robert Sacchi profile image

      Robert Sacchi 

      3 days ago

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

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      6 days ago from Sunny Florida

      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

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 days ago from Jeffersonville PA

      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

    • Miebakagh57 profile image

      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      7 days ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

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

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 days ago from Sunny Florida

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

    • Genna East profile image

      Genna East 

      7 days ago from Massachusetts, USA

      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.

    • Miebakagh57 profile image

      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      10 days ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

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

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      11 days ago from Sunny Florida

      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.

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      Jason M Quinapondan 

      11 days ago from Cebu, Philippines

      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...

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      12 days ago from Sunny Florida

      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.

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      12 days ago from Sunny Florida

      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.

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      12 days ago from Sunny Florida

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

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      12 days ago from Sunny Florida

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

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      Lori Colbo 

      12 days ago from Pacific Northwest

      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.

    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 

      12 days ago from The Caribbean

      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!

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      12 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

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

    • Miebakagh57 profile image

      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      12 days ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

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

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      12 days ago from Sunny Florida

      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.

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      12 days ago from Sunny Florida

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

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      13 days ago from Central Florida

      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.

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      Eric Dierker 

      13 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      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)

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      13 days ago from Sunny Florida

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

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      13 days ago from Sunny Florida

      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.

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      13 days ago from Sunny Florida

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

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      Linda Crampton 

      13 days ago from British Columbia, Canada

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

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      Clive Williams 

      13 days ago from Jamaica

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

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      13 days ago from Southern Illinois

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

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      13 days ago from Sunny Florida

      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!

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      13 days ago from Sunny Florida

      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!

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      breakfastpop 

      13 days ago

      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.

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      Linda Lum 

      2 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      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.

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

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

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      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 profile image

      Lorna Lamon 

      2 weeks ago

      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.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      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.

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      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.

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      Liz Westwood 

      2 weeks ago from UK

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

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

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

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      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.

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      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.

    • Miebakagh57 profile image

      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      2 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      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!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 weeks ago from USA

      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.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      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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