Survivor Stories

I am a survivor of domestic violence

I am a survivor of domestic violence. Domestic violence has been so widely ignored and most people are not educated on the facts of what occurs to women when they are abused. Domestic Violence is so much more than lying on the ground, bleeding.. so much more. People in society think that abused women are uneducated and stupid, but we are not. I was verbally abused by my ex-husband, who also severely physically abused me as well, and often held a gun to my head, because it gave him more power over me. He did this to our children as well. To this day, my children, are still afraid of him, but dare not say this in public, for fear that he will hear about it, and they fear that he will come after them. He is a very good intimidator and manipulator of the system.

I almost lost my baby girl, because of him, and the physical damage that he did to me during my pregnancy.

I endured so much abuse, so much more than this was done to me. I was hurt physically, mentally, emotionally, financially, and every which way.

Our court system allows women to be further victimized and abused, because of lack of caring and understanding.

I have lost everything materially because of all of the abuse I suffered. But I still have my strength and myself.

Women are further traumatized and victimized by our system.

If you or someone you know needs help, call the Groundwork 24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline at (815) 729-1228.