"I think my daughter is in a domestic violent relationship. What can I do to help her?" "I'm sorry, but there is nothing you can do until she is ready for the help. Do you know if it's physical?" "Not that I know of yet. I think it's just emotional right now. I don't understand … Continue reading What Can I Do to Help Her?
I remember spending moments agonizing about everything I was losing through my divorce and becoming a single mother. The simple things I felt many others took for granted. A sign hanging outside my front door displaying the family surname; HAVING to work full time as I was now my only source of income; not being … Continue reading The Secret Sisterhood of Single Mothers
I sat on the stadium bleachers next to my boyfriend of six months on my birthday in the cool early November afternoon sun. I had just finished performing the half time show with the color guard and marching band at our college football game. The week prior to my birthday had been amazing, it all started … Continue reading Do Your Domestic Violence Survival Skills Measure Up?
"I'm not going to smile." I teased. He just tried even harder. "I like it when you smile." "Why?" "Cause you're beautiful when you smile." It had become a game now and I was choosing to be stubborn and not give in to letting him see me smile. It was not easy. "I'm still pretty … Continue reading 4 Responses to Fear and How to Overcome Triggers
"I could come join you." I pressed send on the text. "You could stop by here for a bit. We are going till 5." came the reply. I had just gotten off work and my boyfriend had been volunteering at the Spirit of Giving event at the local women's shelter. I started driving toward the … Continue reading Then and Now, Coming Full Circle
"Should I close my eyes yet?" I asked as I heard him nearing the top of the stairs. He had been downstairs rummaging around in the basement for a few minutes. Excited to give me my Christmas present early. I was a little apprehensive because I hadn't even bought his Christmas present yet. "Yes close your … Continue reading Okay, Open Your Eyes
I woke up Christmas morning to what was perhaps one of the most horrible days of my life. I could feel the fear coursing through my veins and pumping into my heart, all I wanted was to take my 12 month old back to the shelter where I knew we would be safe. I rolled … Continue reading 7 Pillars to Healing From Domestic Violence Introduction