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Dear Abby

Dear Abby

DEAR ABBY: My husband has always had anger issues. Recently, they have progressed from targeting inanimate objects to targeting me.

A few weeks ago, when he got upset, he punched the navigation screen in my car out. Then he proceeded to grab my hair and slammed my head into the car window.

He apologized later, but I can't forgive him. What's worse, I haven't been able to bring myself to leave and don't really know how to. Is this behavior a deal breaker? -- STUCK IN MINNESOTA

DEAR STUCK: Yes, this is absolutely a deal breaker. Do not minimize what he did to you.

Each time your husband attacks will be worse -- increasingly so -- until he maims or kills you. For your safety you MUST get out of there. For directions on how to safely make your exit, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline. The toll-free phone number to call is 800-799-7233 or visit thehotline.org and a counselor there will direct you.

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DEAR ABBY: My 5-year-old daughter, "Maude," is afraid of large dogs. In the past, my husband has publicly scolded her when she cowered away from them.

A friend of our family has a dog that Maude is especially hesitant around, and my daughter recently confided that she no longer wants to go over to this friend's house because of it. When I told mu husband privately, he rolled his eyes and accused our daughter of having a "weak" mentality. Is he being unreasonable or is it just me? -- PHRUSTRATED IN PHILLY

DEAR PHRUSTRATED: Your daughter doesn't have a "weak mentality." She's afraid of dogs. Find an animal rescue organization or shelter that encourages the public to spend time socializing with the dogs and cats. It may help to get her past her aversion. Give it a try and let me know what happens.

DEAR ABBY: I am a 49-year-old divorcee. A younger man (31) at work is showing an interest in me. Also he is African American. I would like to go out with him, but I'm not sure how my family and friends would react. What do you think? -- BETWIXT AND BETWEEN

DEAR BETWIXT: Are you concerned that you would be dating a younger man, one of a different race or that he's a co-worker? If it's the latter, and things don't work out, it could be dicey. However, if at this stage of your life you still need approval from friends and family about dating someone you like, it appears you are not ready for a relationship.

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