No Respect of Person

Domestic abuse has no respect of person. It's not about being young or old. It's not about being rich or poor. It's not about the color of your skin, your body size, where you live, what you drive, what degrees you have, how you dress, what you eat, or what your spiritual beliefs are. Abuse can effect anyone...even those you least expect.

Someone you've known your entire life could be experiencing domestic abuse right now and you don't even know it. Why? Because they're ashamed to tell you. Why are they ashamed? Because they think you won't understand. And chances could be that you're experiencing or have experienced the exact same thing and they don't know it either.

Not speaking up is where we mess up. We'll work harder at hiding our problems than we will work at resolving them. Of course, it's not easy to openly talk about it, but please don't be bullied into not talking about it. You think that you're alone in your situation? Don't be deceived into thinking that nobody else will understand what you're going through.

There's a whole world of people who can relate to your pain. Others who are hurting just like you because they experienced the EXACT same things you did. How do I know? Because there are more than 4,000 women in our domestic violence support group who are sharing about their experiences every day. And as they're sharing, they're realizing that they are not alone. Which means, you are not alone.

No, I'm not trying to invalidate your experience or your feelings. No, I'm not comparing your life to someone else's. I'm genuinely trying to show you how you can work together with others to conquer what tried to destroy all of our lives. I'm trying to show you how you can help each other heal. But how can anyone help you fix what they don't know is broken?

Please break the silence. When you're ready, we're here to listen.

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