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There is power in knowing you are not alone. You are not crazy. This is not your fault. There is Hope. Silence will steal that power. We say no more silence.
It is important to know that abuse in a relationship is not just physical. Though it is the focus of many of our stories, abuse can be mental, emotional, psychological and verbal. Every story is different but the characteristics of abuse are often very similar. It's so important to know the signs.
Someone growing up around abuse may see these things as normal. 'Normal' is relative. It is vital to understand signs of what is not ok to recognize abuse. ABnormal USE.
Domestic violence is prevalent in every community, and affects all people regardless of age, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. Physical violence is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior as part of a much larger, systematic pattern of dominance and control. Domestic violence can result in physical injury, psychological trauma, and even death. The devastating consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and last a lifetime.
Download the National Statistics Domestic Violence Fact Sheet.
'God restore me. Make me so whole that people will struggle to believe this is my story. Let them see what You have done in me.'
This is the first time I've shared my story. It won't be the last. Not only am I a survivor, I am a conqueror. I'm better than I was before. I want that to be the story of every survivor. Hope came to me. Hope can come to you.
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Let’s face it - it's really easy to say that to everyone else. To believe it for yourself, especially after a horrific ordeal, is a different story. There were definitely a lot of days I struggled to believe that. Escaping the offender is just the first step on a long road to healing.
Trust me, you are loved. Fight to win your own heart back. You are worth fighting for.
Here's a few resources that will help you on your journey:
If you see someone in need of help, simply be available to help. They may push you away not even realizing they need help. Be there anyway. Call and check on them. Be aware of the signs.
Need help addressing a possible abusive situation? Call 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE). If you fear for someone's safety, never think twice to reach our for help. As always, call 9-1-1 anytime there is an emergency.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline
Women In Distress
24-hour crisis hotline (954-761-1133)
Each week in October we're bringing you more survivor stories. We are hoping the power of 'ME TOO' will resonate with readers who may be in a similar situation or know someone who is.
Please share them and help break the silence.
Disclaimer: These are the personal stories of survivors of domestic violence. It is intended to help and give hope to those in similar situations. We are not licensed therapists or Doctors. It is in no way an absolute fix or a solution for every situation. These are the things the writer has personally dealt with and the lessons learned from their experience. If you need immediate help, please call 9-1-1. Please seek professional help if you are suffering from the ramifications of domestic abuse. The true identity of the writer has been concealed for their protection.
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(225) 389-3001 or statewide toll free at 1-800-541-9706.
Their phones are 24hrs/day
The Butterfly Society (Local non-profit - Zachary)
Battered Women's Shelter (Ascension parish)
1068 E Worthey St,
Gonzales, LA 70737
EBRDA Domestic Violence Division