Dear Abby: He won’t let me drive the car or even walk anywhere by myself

DEAR ABBY: I have been married nine years. My husband doesn’t allow me to leave the house without him.

Jeanne Phillips 

He makes sure I don’t have a car or access to the one we have. He tells me he doesn’t mean anything by it, but if I try to take a walk alone, he is right on my heels.

If I want to go anywhere with my sister or a friend, I must wait until he is gone. If he gets home before I do, he’s sitting on the porch waiting for me.

He is not physically abusive, but I feel like a prisoner. I have told him several times how it makes me feel, but he doesn’t seem to get it. I really need some advice.

TRAPPED IN GEORGIA

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DEAR TRAPPED: Your husband doesn’t get it because he doesn’t want to.

What he is doing is not a demonstration of love or concern for your safety. It’s an example of his own insecurity and need to control you.

This is a big red flag, and my advice is to call the National Domestic Violence Hotline and discuss this with someone there because what’s happening could escalate into abuse. The toll-free phone number is: (800) 799-7233.

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DEAR ABBY: My wife and I have been married five years and are raising four children. One is from my previous relationship, one is from her previous relationship and two are ours.

We both have joint custody. My son goes to school near his mom, a couple of hours away. My wife’s son goes to school where we live. They are 9 and 8.

There’s a lot of tension between us because my stepson’s father isn’t the greatest parent. He never comes to school events or sporting events, so he misses half of everything. I regularly attend my son’s events, which take time away from my stepson.

I put my 9-year-old first because he’s my firstborn, and I have him less.

My wife disagrees with this, and we fight about it constantly. I believe I am doing the right thing. Advice, please.

WONDERING IN WISCONSIN

DEAR WONDERING: I’m sorry your wife’s son’s father hasn’t stepped up to the plate. But please do not allow …read more

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