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When Caregiving and Abuse Go Together for People With Chronic Pain

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by Jennie Shulkin, J.D. and Heather Martarella, Psy.D. Netflix’s “Maid” tells the story of Alex, a 23-year-old mother, struggling to make ends meet immediately after fleeing an abusive relationship.

She spends the next few days physically carrying her toddler from place to place, sleeping in her car and on the floor of the ferry station, and then finally lugging furniture up to a room at a halfway house.

The viewer is struck by Alex’s determination to not take the easy way out and return to her abuser, despite facing intense emotional and financial hardship when attempting to obtain governmental assistance, care for her toddler, and hold a strenuous new job as a maid.

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