I never knew mudderella was a fundraiser for domestic violence until after I agreed to sign up with the other nurses in my office! Domestic violence is a topic that hits close to home. Did you know you don't have to be beaten with broken bones to be a victim of DV? DV is pushing, slapping, emotional abuse,sexual abuse and financial abuse too!. So many women stay in abusive relationships for fear of being unable to provide for themselves or fearing for their lives if they leave! why doesn't she just leave? I will tell you why. Her abuser has convinced her she can't make it on her own. Maybe he takes all the money out of her account and makes it impossible for her to even put gas in her car to go anywhere. She has little to no self esteem left. She doesn't know about the programs available to her either. Psychological scars take far longer to heal than the physical ones. Let's raise awareness on the resources that women have to get away! Let's make it possible to get at least 1 woman away from her abuser. Get her kids away from witnessing all the forms the abuse takes. There is still such a stigma attached to women who have been abused. We need to put an end to it and educate more people about the signs and symptoms and the resources available. Let's empower these women instead of judge them!!