Abuse − whether through hurtful words, degrading looks, obscene gesture, or threatening behavior − inflicts immense pain and impedes emotional growth. You didn’t think anyone could hurt you like this, but now that you’re in or have experienced an abusive relationship, what do you do? We have all been wounded by hurtful words and actions of others − whether the bully at school, the demeaning boss, a rage−filled driver, or someone in our own family. We often carry those wounds with us for a lifetime. June Hunt has a message for you: it is possible to stop the pain of abuse.