Every time he knocked her down, she convinced herself she slipped.
I think abuse in a relationship starts way before the first slap. Or before one starts to manipulate the significant other. Or before the one person makes important decisions without the other one.
It starts at the point where he makes you feel inferior, where he makes you feel like you’re less worthy. It starts when you feel insecure about approaching him with your problems, because you are afraid of rejection. When you don’t want to bring him when you’re meeting your friends, because you don’t want them to hear his derogative comments about you.
It starts with the first time you have to force yourself to say „Yes“, when you ask yourself if it’s okay that he treats you like this. When you have to convince yourself to a „Yes“, when he asks „Do you love me“.