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physical abuse

I am writing to seek your guidance on relationship problem. I and my boyfriend have had a shaky long-distance relationship for past four years during which he has been verbally abusive (using swearing) and has physically abused me twice over some fight when we met . In response to his behavior I have tried to breakup this relationship but he gets very aggressive and recently after I wanted a breakup over his physical abuse, he apologized and he started abusing himself physically "in order to show his love for me". He has taken to alcoholism and self abuse since I have expressed to leave the relationship. I am concerned about his well being, do you think psychological therapy will help him  in this regard?
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I think that it might be helpful if he is willing and interested in pursuing treatment. At this point I am not sure that he sees the problem in the same way that you do.
One thing I am very clear about is that you need to get out of the relationship and stay out of it until there is no more violence or threat of violence (to himself or to you).
Perhaps others on this forum might have some suggestions....
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