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1.800.799.SAFE (7233) or 1.800.787.3224 (TTY)
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I have invited you to like a Facebook page I created http://www.facebook.com/DomesticVIolenceAffectsEvery1very simply because I wish to raise awareness about domestic violence aka intimate partner violence.
You may (or not) know I was once a victim of domestic violence and that my abuser was a man I was married to and had children with. I spent many years alone and suffering because I did not know I was victim as I was never hit. At least this is one myth that was dispelled as there are many other forms of abuse which the page will highlight. (In the meantime in the upper left hand corner, is the Power and Control Wheel.)However, I was abused in other ways: emotionally, sexually, psychologically, and financially. Though over time, I began to share how I was feeling with others. These women some who never divulged directly if they had walked in my shoes, let me know in other ways I was not alone. They directed me to places where I could and did get help. They say leaving is both the hardest and most dangerous time for a victim, as this will only give more power to the abuser. Through writing, taking college level courses on the law, the support groups, victim advocate agencies, the judges and courts, I was able to get out--alive. I can't say it was smooth sailing after doing so, because it wasn't. In fact, it was much harder. I was now raising my son by myself who had been diagnosed with emotional and behavioral problems on top of his developmental delays. I myself was given diagnoses of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Depression. There are times something will trigger a flashback, but I have found ways to deal with them.
Suzanne aka MzMariposa de Canarsie --
"Strength does not lie in what you have. It lies in what you can give."
-Yogi Tea Wisdom
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