Did you ever witness that abuse?
I lived with my grandparents and I would see my mom on the weekends. Her boyfriend came back from fishing and was drunk, I was in the living room and they were in the kitchen. I hear them arguing and it look over just in time to see him punch my mom in the face. I run and grab my little sisters, we ran out the front door to the managers office and I told them to call 911, my moms boyfriend is beating her up.
I left my sisters there and went back to help my mom. The closer I got to the apartment the louder her screaming got.... I thought he was killing her. I ran in and he was on top of her slamming her head into the floor. I grabbed a lamp and knocked him over the head with it, he fell to the ground. Not long after that the cops showed up and arrested him.
The sad thing about it was my mom got back together with him!! She stayed for another 7 years!! Her final straw was when he beat the shit out of her on my birthday.
I'm thankful I lived with my grandparents but I also feel guilty my sisters had to grow up seeing that.