Dear Abby: I have dysfunctional parents. For the sake of my sanity, I made the decision to remove them from my life. They have retaliated by spreading lies to immediate and extended family.

I was supposed to get an apartment with my father to help him now that he is aging. However, he became violent and threatened to kill me. I moved away and am physically safe now. My problem is, I’m now completely alone and a pariah on both sides of my family.

Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also know as Jeanne Phillips..

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