Domestic violence is not just physical abuse. It includes mental, emotional and financial abuse. I was in an abusive relationship for the past three years, but this wasn’t my first experience with Domestic Violence. My first experience was years ago as a teenager with my son’s father. We would argue and call each other names, of course, I thought this was just part of being in a relationship. Even that time he pushed me up against a wall, I didn’t think of this as being abusive, but it was. Knowing now that is was abuse is why it’s important for me to tell my story and encourage others to do the same. Yes, I am one of the lucky ones because I got out. So many times you hear about women killed by the hands of their boyfriends or spouses. Because these women no longer have a voice, we as survivors have to use ours. If you’re currently in an abusive relationship, I encourage you to get out. I know this can be a scary thought. But just know that once you take that 1st step, everything else will fall into place. If you or someone you know needs help, please contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233.
The first step to breaking free is breaking the silence..