DEAR DEIDRE: I’M the only person keeping my husband out of prison.
He’s facing a long sentence and I have allowed him to stay with me because he’d be remanded in custody otherwise.
I’m doing it for the sake of our eight-year-old daughter.
I’d do anything for her.
But my husband’s been abusive throughout our ten-year marriage and is still abusing me mentally now.
I’m 33 and he’s 34. I no longer love him and am so angry over the way he’s treated me.
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I can’t keep putting him first, but I can’t hurt my daughter.
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