Survivor Stories

Peace, Love, Joy

peacePeace….Love…..Joy…..are three things that most or all domestic violence survivors, like myself, wish for.   To be honest,  these are the most important things on the top of our lists….in order to live.  While money would always help our situation, as many of us end up homeless at some point during our survival, we just want to wake up everyday, and be at peace, not worrying if we will be beaten or hurt, or even murdered.  We just want to be at peace.  I am thankful to wake up everyday, period!   While everything may not be totally at peace, as survivors always are looking over their shoulders, so not having day-to-day traumas and abuse, is always a blessing.  We have to start over and learn to trust other people and love ourselves again.

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