Kim, I'm so confused. I am trying to figure out what to do. I started dating Mike at the beginning of 2023. He was everything I wanted and everything I needed. We would talk on the phone daily, and he would take me on dates. I mean, I would want for nothing. Recently, there's been a change. He's been condescending and putting me down like I'm not good enough for him. The other night, he put his hands on me. It's been a year since we've been together. I love him. The dating world is hard enough, and I don't want to keep searching for Mr. Right. I know I cannot allow my children to see a man putting his hands on me, especially when their father doesn't. This is not the example of a relationship I want to show my children.
To make matters worse, I disclosed all of this information to my co-worker, and now I'm the victim at the office. I feel so embarrassed. I have too much on my plate and don't know how to escape this mess. What should I do?