18 Brave Domestic Violence Survivors Speak Out — This Will Break Your Heart


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In the U.S., every NINE SECONDS, a woman is assaulted or beaten.

How is that for a sobering thought?

Domestic violence is all around us. It's not always loud and obvious — in fact, often it's quiet, subdued, secretive. According to the CDC, "more than one in three women (35.6%)
and more than one in four men
(28.5%) in the United States
have experienced rape, physical
violence, and/or stalking by an
intimate partner in their lifetime."

Sadly, not everyone escapes the grips of domestic violence, but if they do, there are emotional and physical scars for years following their trauma. As a testament that there is life afterwards, a number of survivors spoke out anonymously via Whisper. This is what they had to say:

My husband was arrested yesterday for domestic violence. Why do I feel so bad. I have a broken nose and two black eyes.    I am counselor.

I survived domestic violence but the biggest struggle is finding myself again

I

I suffered from domestic violence. Worst of all the rest of my family watched it and said nothing, so when I started dating years later, I though being physically abused was part of a relationship...

I

Today I put my soon-to-be ex husband in jail for domestic violence. I finally had the guts to do it.

I know domestic violence isn't supposed to happen to men. But both my mom and my girlfriend were abusive. Honestly, I don't know what love feels like. I can't begin to see any woman loving me.

I

I

I

I was a victim of domestic violence. Now I choose to be a survivor but I deal with PTSD and trust issues everyday...

The hardest part about dating after my marriage is telling them I am a survivor of domestic violence. No one wants to deal with that.

I don

I survived domestic violence. To the world I look okay. But I still cry myself to sleep every night.

Thousands of people die each year due to domestic violence because they

I survived domestic violence. I am still alive. I am safe. I am strong.

I finally got the guts to report the domestic violence from my ex husband who is the father of my children. I think it

I am a survivor of domestic violence. It

You are NEVER to blame for someone beating you…especially those who claim to love and care about you. If you know someone who suffers from domestic violence, are a victim yourself, or just suspect something, speak out. There are tons of resources at your disposal. Call (800) 621-4673 for help, visit The National Domestic Violence Hotline, or go to S.A.F.E for other services.

You deserve better.

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