I grew up in a family where domestic violence was an everyday occurrence
Both my mother and my father shared joint responsibility for the nightmare they invited their children into
My father left us without telling a responsible adult when I think I was 8 years old
I was the eldest. My mother had a chronic depressive disorder and on both sides of the family everyone just did what they always did – pretend everything is normal
This means that 8 year old’s have to make big decisions when their mothers don’t wake up and daddy decides his family isn’t his responsibility any more.
Its time we all stood up