By Keli'i Beyer
The blog comic serves as a way to delve deeper into the reality of being in an abusive relationship. Of course, not all relationships will include the types of abuse Bill has inflicted upon Amber (mental, emotional, cyber and physical); but too many do, and sometimes it can be hard to recognize those signs. I wanted to highlight some of the subtleties of this abuse through a comic narrative. It follows the progression of their relationship from the honeymoon period (where they have a healthy relationship), to the first warning signs of abuse (jealousy, isolation, condescension), into physical abuse (breaking her phone, restraint, intimidation and hitting). In future comics, the blog comic seeks to raise awareness to the impact of normalized violence, gender roles and why people become abusive over time. It will also highlight some ways a friend can offer support, as well as how programs like TAP808 can offer case management and intervention services.