My brother who tried to break my arm and kill me in his car about 8 months ago called me today. Why? Because his children are staying the week with me, and he hasn't seen them in months. Luckily I'm pretty sure he doesn't know that my husband now works nights and leaves us unprotected- otherwise I suspect he would show up here and I would pay the price.
When I asked my nephew how his mom's fiance treated him, he told me fine- when I asked how his mom treated him, he said fine- when I asked how his dad (my brother) treated him, he shifted his eyes from mine and said fine. I asked him again, and again he couldn't look at me. What is he doing to these kids? I HAVE to work during the day, Gib HAS to work at night. That leaves seven kids essentially unprotected from someone who is unstable at best.
I shouldn't be scared in my own home. I spent a childhood in this hell, I don't want to relive it again.