Numb - finished size 16" by "16. This quilt was made from one piece of beautiful fabric hand dyed by my friend, Karen Coulter.
After being abused over time, victims can become emotionally numb. In order to cope with the constant abuse they withdraw and are unable to have any sort of emotional response, either happy or sad. The numbness protects him (or her) from experiencing too much pain.
Sadly, the numbness also means that the victim does not experience joy.
Numb can apply not only to the immediate abuse victim but also to the family and friends of the victim, which makes the circle of victims that much larger. Family and friends can reach a point where they feel numb and feel that they can't process any more rejection or hurt.
If you have a friend or family member who is experiencing abuse here are some things you can do to help. The most important thing to remember is that the choice to leave or not is theirs. You can't make them leave a bad situation but you can be supportive and helpful in their choice. They will need someone they can count on when/if they do decide to end or leave the abusive relationship.