Survival Stories

What are your domestic violence survival stories?

I would have left my abusive relationship right after the violence started, had I known what I was dealing with. Instead, I thought my abuser had momentarily "lost it". I believed the promise that it would never happen again, as I had NEVER experienced anything like it in my life.

Domestic violence touches not only the victim, but the entire family, loved ones, friends, co-workers and entire communities. We all have stories to share!

Have you heard of Rachel Brokaw? She is a teacher for students with special needs at an intermediate school in Georgia. On May 11, 2011 her ex-boyfriend set her car on fire while she was inside of it at a gas station. Today, she is recovering from the third degree burns that cover 25 % of her body. Her family, loved ones, friends and community are rallying around her with support. I am sure Rachel never believed anything like this could happen to her.

Knowledge is power! If no one shares, no one knows and domestic violence is allowed to continue and spread. On the other hand, through sharing our stories we become informed, empowered and encouraged.

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Still Living With The Person Who Hits Me Almost Every Other Day a.k.a My Husband.  
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WTF 
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Forever Broken 
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14 Years To Leave... 
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Current Victim of Domestic Violence. My Secret.  
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Sleeping with the Devil 
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I Didn't Know What Time It Was, But It Was Time 
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Abused 4 Years. Then He Shot Me In The Head  
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Broken 
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Broke 
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8 years of abuse. I'm now free yet still feel trapped 
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Born, Bred and Raised Domestic Violence Fighter 
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A New Day 
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How Do You Get Away? 
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Get Out At The First Punch 
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Stop The Violence & Start The Peace  
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Sort of a survivor?... How do you move on? 
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Dont feel alone 
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I Married A Monster.... 
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Surviving the Marathon  
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why did i wait so long? 
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Mother's agony 
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I'm only 18. 
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15 Year Domestic Abuse-Burnt My Friend's House Down and Tried To Run Us Off The Road! 
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My Nightmare. 
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THE FINAL SLAP!!!  
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i still love my husband 
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Picking Up The Pieces... 
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Escaping domestic abuse - but the battle has just started 
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D.V. Survivors, myself and my daughter 
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Careful what you wish for....... 
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Surviving In More Than Hell 
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Broken dreams & broken bones 
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Hiding behind the truth. 
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EX-Spouse Burned Down Home 
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Escaping the monster that was my husband 
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Happy Now in Maryland 
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summer at my dads 
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Narcissistic Lover 
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Stopping Domestic Violence is a Lifelong Mission 
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Vidication 
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Surviving childhood domestic violence 
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Moving Forward 
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Trust In the Wrong Hands 
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Breaking the Cycle 
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Unnoticeably Broken 
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clueless! 
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The worst man I ever Had 
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A Story of Hope 
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My story 
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I finally saw the light.  
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Until You Say Uncle 
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