Ask sis Dolly: Step-mom from hell

By Drum Digital
24 April 2015

I'm 20 and have been living with an emotionally and physically abusive stepmother for years.

she insults me and tells me I make her angry to the point where she could kill me. She throws things at me and slaps me . I cry so much. She has turned my whole family against me. I self-medicate to cope. I'm young with dreams and I'm hard-working, but my health and personal life are deteriorating. What can I do about it?

Sis Dolly answers:

You need to urgently find someone you trust who can mediate a conversation between you two. Is she always angry at everyone else or is it just you? Is your father no longer in the picture, and is there no other family member who can help? Her violent behaviour can't ever be justified. You need to go for counselling and support. Contact the family Life Centre on 011 984 0266.

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