I started an nonprofit for Hurting and Abused Women. I'm in need of a facility and Vice- President. My vision is to give domestic violence survivors a safe place to start over in life. We'll provide counseling, mentoring, employment preparation skills, shelter, meals, clothing, childcare in a secure living and educational environment for our survivors and their children. We want our clients to know that they're valuable to themselves, family and society. Proverbs 31:10 states: "For her price is far above rubies"!
I am a domestic violence survivor. I was in an abusive marriage for 6 years, from 1986 until 1991. I would get attacked during my pregnancies of 2 children. They've witnessed the attacks at the ages of 1 & 3. It wasn't until around 2017, that I knew my children witnessed the attacks. I decided to tell my story to help other women who are going through the same situation that I did. I wrote an book, BREAKING FREE "Released from Bondage"! It was when I was discussing with my children about writing the book that my daughter, the oldest of the two children, informed me that she remembers some of the attacks. Wow! I wanted to see how they felt about me writing about my experience with their father. My daughter understood and she supported me, but my son was hurt because he didn't know that his father abused me.
My 7 siblings didn't know that I was being abused. Some found out in 1991 when I decided to leave and get a divorce. I stayed with one sister for a while, then I would stay with another sister for a while. After our first meeting with the judge he granted me to stay in the house and had my ex-husband to leave. I was granted child support for the children. And when we had the final hearing I was to continue living in the house. He didn't make enough income for me to get spousal support. I was able to work and would work 2 jobs to support me and my children.
It was my faith, family, friends, counseling and support group that got me through that difficult time. And I strongly believe that what it's going to take to help our clients.
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