Domestic abuse is a toxic mistreatment of the trust two people share in a relationship.
Its consequences are far reaching and unacceptable and victims often struggle to speak out against their abusers.
Vicious cycles can develop if it is allowed to continue, but even when it is over it can be hard for victims to share their stories.
When they do, it can show a level of strength and bravery that is truly admirable.
Imgur user Krissy Kross recently shared her experience with domestic abuse on the social media site.
She posted pictures of text messages she allegedly received from her ex-husband, known only as Adam, and they are chilling to say the least.
His messages start off in this invasive, paranoid fashion, constantly harassing her while at work.
Korss explains that she isn't allowed to use her phone while working a shift, hence her lack of replies
This carries on until he accuses Kross of having an affair with a colleague.
From there, his messages and actions become way more intense, to the point where he would "set traps" for her at night if she didn't return home.
Things escalated when she visited her mother's house.
At this point, Kross also showed physical signs of abuse from Adam - this included a bruise which was allegedly visible for months.
Adam then allegedly began making specific demands to know where she was.
He eventually asked her to leave the house when she was staying with her mother.
Kross adds that he used to ask to speak to her every night at midnight when she was away, just to make sure she wasn't out drinking or having fun.
In a caption at the bottom of the post she explains that her husband was once "a kind, loving man," but his attitude changed when she lost weight and got a job.
His abuse then allegedly extended to physical and sexual assaults, waiting outside her workplace and not telling her if he was carrying a gun or not.
She tried to reach out to his family (his father is a pastor in Tennessee) but she claims they dismissed the complaints as young marriage troubles.
Their relationship eventually ended when he hurt her dog and cat, leading her to leave while he was at work.
She reported him to the police, which led to him receiving an 8 month sentence.
The last time she saw him, three years ago, was in a court room.
She concludes her story by writing:
3 years later and I'm actually doing great. I have my own place, a decent job, my pets are doing very well.
My credit is s**t from the divorce but really, I'm in decent company in that.
This isn't really a sob story; I'm really proud of what I've done on my own.
I just wanted to share for possibly some closure since I never really got that.
Strangers on the Internet are better than keeping it inside for so long.
Sadly Krissy's experience isn't uncommon.
According to Women's Aid an estimated 1.3 million women in the UK were the victims of domestic abuse last year.
Their statistics also show that 4.3 million women have experience some form of abuse by the age of 16.
If you are experiencing domestic abuse, or suspect someone might be, call the free phone 24-hour National Domestic Violence helpline on 0800 2000 247
If you're LGBT+, Galop have a free National LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline and online chat - 0808 2000 247