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Hello No she has never been abused. Her biological father had some psychiatric problems of which we know little. He left when E was still a baby and has only intermittently come back into her life when he wants something. He does not send birthday cards etc. To him she just does not exist.
2 years ago E's very best and closest friend moved to Cyprus, she was deeply affected by this as she had known this friend from birth - they were very close.
My daughter had to seek professional help at that time as E became very difficult to deal with violent temper tantrums etc
E has had a step father since she was 4 and they get on very well - she even calls him 'daddy' and it is true that he has had a calming effect on her - giving her more of a sense of security and love as well.
I hope this helps. Many thanks