In an Instagram post, the Little Miss Sunshine actress stated, “I am still recovering.”
In an effort to make people experiencing domestic violence feel less alone, Abigail Breslin is sharing her experience with it.
The 26-year-old actress opened up about a former violent relationship in a post she published on Instagram on Friday. The actress posted a carousel of text messages that described her experience with domestic violence along with the message, “October is #domesticviolenceawarenessmonth and I wanted to share a little bit about my journey.”
Breslin added, “I was in an extremely abusive relationship for about two years. “I was so in love when everything started out brilliantly. Sadly, my abuser took advantage of my naivete and innocence, and as a result, the relationship turned violent. I endured frequent beatings, was imprisoned and was forced to maintain a false sense of normalcy while suffering severe wounds that the majority of people were oblivious to.”
The actress spoke about how she would conceal bruises and how she felt as the violence continued. In order to cover up any and all bruises, she stated, “I would apply concealer and caked-on foundation because, in some way, I still cared for this guy.”
Breslin revealed that in addition to the physical injuries, there was numerous insults, humiliating, and brutal verbal abuse. “I was so ashamed to accept anyone’s love. I felt loathed and ugly. I thought I deserved nothing more than sand. I was convinced that I must have a fundamental flaw.”
Breslin expressed her gratitude to her family and friends for their assistance. The Zombieland actress wrote, “These 2 years were the most lonely I have ever felt. “I am incredibly grateful for the help I received from my family and friends, who were crucial in assisting me in leaving this terrible situation. I will always be grateful to my loved ones for helping me and actually BELIEVING in me.”
The actress also discussed her PTSD since the romance ended in the Instagram post.
She wrote, “I am now in a great, wonderful, healthy, and happy relationship with my fiancé. “Although it is considerably better now than it was in the first two years following my abusive relationship, I still experience C-PTSD (complex post-traumatic stress disorder). Sometimes I still have nightmares, and some things still set them off. I’m still recovering.”
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Then Breslin provided information to people who could require assistance. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) maintains a 24-hour helpline at 1-800-799-7233 if you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse.
Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or visit thehotline.org if you are a victim of domestic abuse. All phone calls are free and private. The hotline is accessible around-the-clock in more than 170 languages.