Aunty Julie,

I’m a young man in the University and very good-looking. Eight months ago, I started dating a woman I met in the same University but she is married to an abusive husband. A little over a year ago, she and her two young children finally left her abusive marriage and she moved back in with her parents so that she could finish her degree, which will take just about another year.

From the moment we started dating, her parents have made our relationship a nightmare. They are extremely controlling of the relationship, abusive of her and her children, and generally make it almost impossible for us to be together. I have a very hard time “just accepting” this behaviour for the next year. I don’t understand a situation where this lady after being abused by her husband will start suffering a fresh one from her parents and what makes them think they can control us. How do I deal with this very volatile situation?

Simon, Jhb

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