By Kelly L. Burns, MA, LPC, ATR-P
A traumatic bond occurs when you are involved in an abusive relationship, and the abuser becomes an essential part of your life. Abusive relationships are common, and the statistics are alarming. According to The Hotline, approximately 15% of women and 4% of men have experienced an injury as a result of IPV (Intimate Partner Violence) which includes rape, physical violence, and stalking. People in these relationships struggled to leave their partners for a variety of reasons. Additionally, if you are dating someone with PTSD, it’s important to understand the condition and it can impact your relationship.