Self Love - Domestic Violence and Abuse - Vancouver and Fraser Valley Photographer - Artist Jessica Rae - PHOTOGRAPHER
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Self Love - Domestic Violence Abuse Awareness - Artist Jessica Rae Vancouver Boudoir Photographer

Self Love – Domestic Violence and Abuse – Vancouver and Fraser Valley Photographer

What does  Domestic Violence look like to you?

Does it look like a bruise or a scar?

Did you know that there are numerous types of abuse, not just physical…

 

I have struggled with whether or not to even make a post about this – as vague as it may be, because any energy I give the situation, I feel, only gives it more power. HOWEVER, I also believe that we cannot help each other in silence and that we must talk about it.

It is extremely difficult to escape your abuser when you share children with them, as you cannot simply cut ties with them. They always look for ways to maintain their sense of control over you, no matter how slight.

#MaybeHeDoesntHitMe  – have you seen this hashtag making its rounds on the interweb. ‘Maybe He Doesn’t Hit You’ Twitter Hashtag Reminds Us That Intimate Partner Violence Isn’t Always Physical

When my ex sent a nasty email to me (not the first, and surely not the last), after a recent afternoon visit with our children, my heart broke. His words did not wound me in the way he had hoped, I’m sure, but it impacted me none the less. Did I take his insults personally? No. Rather my heart ached for our children. I cried because, a man like him, is their father. When I discussed with my children how their day was with their dad, they looked solemn. I find out that their father had gone on at length, insulting me, their mother, to our children.

Children are comprised of two things…. their mother and their father. They share the DNA of both. So when you put down, insult or make light of one of their parents, you are in essence doing the same to said child. They take it personally, and why wouldn’t they?! They not only love their parent, but they are a physical part of that parent.

Rather than let his words burn me though, I have chosen to use it as fuel for my own fire.

You only make me stronger.

Self Love. Self Respect.

xoxox Jessica Rae

PS: If you, or someone you know, believe you may be experiencing domestic abuse  I highly recommend THIS BOOK, by Lundy Bancroft.  If you are in immediate danger please call 911, contact your local women’s shelter. <3

Doing an intimate portrait session can help you to reconnect to yourself. Show you a fresh perspective. Embrace and love yourself

“Never let your struggle become your identity” – Dana O’dell (The Beautiful Real)

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“Words As Weapons”

I feel your knife as it goes right in
Cut to my core but I’m not bleeding
All that you say trying to make me small
Well, the bigger you get the harder you fall

You use your words as a weapon dear
But your blades don’t hurt when you have no fear

You think that you’re deep under my skin
You’re trying to keep me suffering

If you use your words as a weapon
Then as a weapon, I’ll shed no tears

You (had) my heart but I lock it up
This burning flame has been burnt enough
My window’s cracked they can be replaced
But your arm will tire throwing stones my way

You use your words as a weapon dear
But your blades don’t hurt when you have no fear

You think that you’re deep under my skin
You’re trying to keep me suffering

If you use your words as a weapon
Then as a weapon, I’ll shed no tears

I feel your knife as it goes right in

You use your words as a weapon dear
But your blades don’t hurt when you have no fear

You think that you’re deep under my skin
You’re trying to keep me suffering

If you use your words as a weapon
Then as a weapon, I’ll shed no tears

I’ll shed no tears

-Birdy

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