Hello, I am Rafael. Thanks for asking your question - I'm here to support you. (Information posted here is not private or confidential but public).
I am very sorry to know about this overwhelming situation.
What you describe here is absolutely shocking, sand and frustrating, because it shows how you and one of your sisters have suffered serious chronic abuse and neglect for so many years, starting by the periods in your lives, when you were the most vulnerable.
There is nothing that could justify any form of neglect, abuse or violence, and while it is obvious your mother was shaped by her own dysfunctional parents-family, such reality should never be used as justification to use, abuse, manipulate and neglect any of you. This is much sadder, because your father has been actively played a part of this overwhelming reality, tolerating and literally enabling if all this long.
You were very brave when you confronted her about it the way you did. Most people in your shoes get so traumatized and wounded that have a tough time even considering doing a little of that, but you have been able not only to fully acknowledge how wrong it has been, but to face this reality and make it clear this was and is not acceptable at all.
I believe you needed to do this in order to start your rehabilitation process, but as you can see, it would not be easy at all, once they are both totally unwilling to recognize their wrong doings, past and present. I am sorry to confirm this, but based on your story, I do not see many chances your parents would change for better at all. Their present words, feelings, behaviors and reactions show serious distortions in their personalities, beliefs and values, ways of communicating, coping and sharing;I;d say at every core level, and these disorders when this serious and engrainned for so many years, do not use to change but get worse and worse with time, unl
I believe you needed to do this in order to start your rehabilitation process, but as you can see, it would not be easy at all, once they are both totally unwilling to recognize their wrong doings, past and present. I am sorry to confirm this, but based on your story, I do not see many chances your parents would change for better at all. Their present words, feelings, behaviors and reactions show serious distortions in their personalities, beliefs and values, ways of communicating, coping and sharing;I;d say at every core level, and these disorders when this serious and engrainned for so many years, do not use to change but get worse and worse with time, unless something very dramatic and painful happen in their lives pushing them to face reality and work on themselves, but I do not see something that powerful happening very often.
Now my biggest concern is that you and your husband are living there with them, and this means that no matter how assertively you try to cope with this, and to work on promoting any healing or positive change here, they could continue to be the way they are and feel fully empowered to do so, as they always did, even more because they are at their own home, and will continue to feel they have the right to be and do things as they please, without having to listen to anybody who does not agree with them, even more towards you, since they have literally victimized you from early childhood.
I sincerely XXXXX XXXXX as long as you stay there, no matter what you do to cope with it, they would perpetuate their abusive ways, this is domestic violence and again, there is nothing that could justify any of these abusive behaviors.
Please, as long as you stay there because of the reasons that led you to go there, do not expose yourself to their abuse at all, avoid them as much as possible, and when that's not viable, and she starts insulting and pushing you, confront her the same way as you did before, be consistent and confident while doing it, making it clear to her-them that you are very well aware of how unacceptable it was and it is for her/them to be this abusive, that you are not willing to tolerate any further abuse, whether it is verbal, mental, emotional, moral or of any other kind.
After confronting her abusive behaviors right away, set clear and healthy boundaries and limits, telling them how you feel,taking responsibility for your own feelings, but never for the abuse triggering them, letting them know that unless they change their behavior, you could not continue to expose to it, and would have to leave the room or the house -as necessary- in order to take good care of yourself, and not to engage in any further abusive and destructive situation.
Then please take immediate and fully consistent actions in accordance with the boundaries and limits you set, without exception, in this way they would have no means to abuse you even more, since you would just not expose yourself to it. Of course this is not a perfect solution but the only assertive way to cope with such a terrible situation as long as you could not afford leaving their house in order to be away from this very serious abuse.
Please, work with your husband, since he should be your best source of support, you need to help and support each other as much as possible here, you only have each other, and this would allow you to cope until you could relocate. Allow yourself to verbalize and vent your painful feelings, from sadness to fear, frustration to hopelessness, this is essential for you not to get mentally undermined even more by their abuse. This way these feelings would be taken good care of and would not distort your experience of anger, which is a normal and necessary feeling we all need to experience in order to be able to process what is painful and hurtful in our lives.
Try to avoid as much as possible being there, spending as much time as possible around people who could respect, understand ad support you. Your father would continue enabling her becoming abusive himself, and there is nothing you could do about that, but to set and keep your boundaries and limits, assertively confronting any abusive behavior right when it happens, and then refocusing on taking good care of your lives away from them. Please remember that all the abuse, neglect and pain that you have been suffering has never been about you, that no matter how good, healthy, nice, effective, productive, responsible or any other thing you could be and become, it would never be enough for your parents, because their very understanding or reality and their core values and beliefs are very distort, and trying to please them at all would never help, but only undermine your lives even more.
Your first right, need and responsibility is to take good care of yourself, to truly respect, love, understand and support yourself, since from there you would set these assertive boundaries and limits, and would not allow anybody to use, abuse, neglect or manipulate you. This present tough situation, as painful as it is, is pushing you to com to terms with reality, for you to finally be able to start your healing process and end this circle of abuse. You would get stronger and wiser while healing, when doing this work on yourself and coping with this tough circumstances, but again, as soon as you could leave, do so, you and your husband need and deserve a healthy, peaceful, harmonious and positive environment where to live your lives, and not to get then undermined by any further abuse.
If the time you and your husband have to stay there would still take a while, then please seriously consider getting professional counseling or psychotherapeutic support, since this would be the best way you could get the tools to better cope, communicate, process your feelings from past and present abuse, facilitated by an expert. Ideally I'd recommend a marriage and family therapist, since this is the best professional, qualified to provide psychotherapeutic support around personal, marital and family issues.
Finally, consider attending a support group for codependency, in order to get the emotional support you need to better cope with this painful reality, from other people who have been experiencing similar circumstances. Your words show you are a very assertive and proactive person, which is not common when somebody in your shoes suffers so much neglect and abuse for so long, and your very actions confirm you have been able to mature and grow from this painful reality, but since you are still exposed to this horrible abuse and dysfunctional environment, it would always be wise to consider getting all the support that could get, to make it less challenging and painful.
Does it make sense? Please feel free to reply with any further questions you may have, or details you could provide for me to better understand your unique situation, so to provide more sound support. Thank you for your trust.