FAMILY LIFE: Childhood abuse is ruining his marriage

Q: I was beaten as a kid by my father and I saw him hit my mother. The hitting stopped when I was 14 and took a bat to my father when he was attacking my mother. I would never hit a woman, but my wife says I am abusive and controlling because of my childhood. I don’t know what she is talking about and this is ruining our marriage. How do I fix this?

A: Given what you were exposed to growing up, there is a good likelihood you also experienced a lot of verbal, emotional and psychological abuse.

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