“I am a Survivor of Domestic Violence. My ex-husband of 17 years tried to kill me, and before I received counseling, I was confused. I felt like I was in this horrible nightmare until I started my DV counseling. As I sat in group and listened to the ladies’ stories, they were all similar to what I was going through. The men all sounded like my ex-husband using mind games, threats and then complete abandonment of both the kids and I when he realized I was done.
I accessed help, used the protective order I had for zero contact and followed the rules. He made a few attempts to test me, but I called his probation officer, and put a stop to it. I was able to get my divorce, but it wasn’t easy. There were a lot of false accusations against me throughout the process and it took me 2 and a half years, but it was finalized in August.
I went back to school for Medical Billing and Coding, got certified and graduated in February. I am currently searching for a full time job and look forward to being able to sustain myself and my kids on my own. Thanks to group I have learned so many coping skills and appreciate being able to share my stories without feeling shame or judgement. I appreciate that when I am dealing with a certain situation, I usually get positive advice on how to handle it from group. It is empowering to hear about the other ladies’ stories and how they are continuing their education or career and moving forward.”