I saw this meme the other day and thought it was excellent.
Leaving is only step one in dealing with an abusive relationship. Dealing with the aftermath is as challenging, if not more challenging, than the actual leaving event. For me, I have spent a lifetime of dealing with the ramifications of my abusive relationships. All the mentioned steps are part of the healing process, and that process will be part of the rest of my life.
I know that I had some symptoms of PTSD after leaving my relationships. After I ended my relationship with my cheating ex girlfriend, I would jump anytime I would hear a car door outside my house, thinking she had returned.
It seems no one believes your story, unless they have been there. I think this is even more true for men that leave abusive relationships.
Support from family was nonexistent. Expecting any support from them would be ludicrous when it’s their behavior that made me susceptible to abusive relationships in the first place.