I was in an abusive relationship for 5 years. That was 16 years ago and today I am an outspoken advocate for domestic violence awareness. My partner beat me down with his words, his fists, mind games, and by monitoring my access to finances. When I finally got the courage to leave, I begged my then 7 year old daughter to be strong for just awhile longer and told her that we'd be going some place safe. Her response to me was powerful and in recent years I was finally strong enough to make my voice heard. My daughter asked me to promise I would do something so that other mothers and daughters didn't have to go through the same trauma we experienced. Her words motivate me to share my story whenever I am asked, to build hope for other victims and to encourage other survivors to speak out. My daughter is now in law school and pursuing opportunities to provide legal aid to domestic violence victims. Together, we are making a difference!
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