Trigger warning for domestic violence. The main question is how to regain trust after being forced into making false confessions about a loved one’s delusions.
So things escalated with my boyfriend who’s been having the delusions. Lately he’s been slapping me out of the blue, woke up once in the middle of the night and strangled me and almost pulled my arm out of its socket, generally being unpredictable. After a few phone smashing incidents, I ended up with my main boundary being that he does not have access to my phone.
On Thursday things got out of control. I’m very lucky to be alive. I was getting scared and upset around lunchtime and he was refusing to leave my apartment. Things got ugly. He tried to fight me for my phone and ended up beating and choking me for a long time, trying to gag me so no one would hear the screaming, etc. We ended up in kind of a standoff where neither of us could get into the room where my phone was for like 10 hours until I was able to convince him to come to bed for the night. In between the many beatings for those 10 hours things got really weird. He force fed me ice cream, made me read to him, rubbed his bare feet all over my face, danced and laughed, mimicked all of my begging and cowering, etc.
The worst part, though, was when he was cutting all his hair off with my best paring knife and making me confess to the ways I have wronged him. He would name a topic (his family, his apartment, his friends, his jobs, etc) and I had to come up with things to say I had done to him. And if I didn’t say enough, or the right things, he would hurt me more. So I “confessed” to probably hundreds of horrific, insane things. Putting cameras in his vents, trying to turn his family against him, putting cookies on his computer, running all the blogs he thinks are me. I don’t know how I’ll ever gain his trust after everything that I said.
Luckily, he did seem aware the next day that I had said those things because I was scared and not because they were true. And that night when he was calming down I tried to use some partial LEAP methods to get him to go to the hospital or let me call the police or an ambulance, and I do think he considered it even though he said no in the end.
I’m setting a boundary now that we can only see each other in public until he tries antipsychotics. I already read the LEAP book and am trying to incorporate it into my communication, and I’m reading Dr Amador’s relationship book next. I know that it is not acceptable for my boyfriend to hold me captive and attack me like that, but I’m committed to this guy. Does anyone have ideas for how I can work to gain his trust after all the horrible things I said? Or ideas for how to deescalate these situations?