October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It is a hard topic to discuss. Believe me I know.
There is so much shame involved in being a victim of abuse or being in any type of toxic relationship. Sometimes we don’t even know what is happening is called abuse. We just think – oh he lost his temper – he drank too much – I must have provoked him with my stupid comment about…. We don’t tell people what is actually going on . We think if we don’t acknowledge it – it isn’t actually happening. We think he is going to stop and go back to being the most loving, adoring man he was when we first met. I can’t emphasize this enough –as a victim of domestic violence- I just thought if I tried harder, loved him more – he would change. I never truly acknowledged that I was walking around on egg shells day after day waiting to see what would trigger his rage next.
During October, I am standing with Shelter House to raise awareness about domestic violence and to end the shame. I am also fundraising for Shelter House. I am fundraising because I feel fortunate to be a survivor and a thriver after being a victim for too many years.
Support me in our efforts to help the many women who are out there every day, in our midst, from all walks of life. Let's talk about domestic violence without shame and with hope for the future. Let's end the violence.
Lots of Love to All,