National Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Domestic Violence Can Happen to Anyone by Dawn Taylor

Mental Health
4 years ago

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Domestic Violence Can Happen to Anyone

Just last night I had a conversation with a coworker about men who had abused us. The stories were very different, but also very much the same.

She was just a young girl, 14, when she started dating her abuser. She told me she became pregnant, had a baby with her boyfriend, and even after he punched her in the mouth while pregnant, she stayed with him. She also went on to have another child with him. She said she didn't know any better – she was scared and alone.

I was married, in my 40s, and my abuser was my husband who had never been violent. Alcohol fueled his fury, and I stayed a little longer than I should have because of finances and fear of surviving on my own.

Luckily, both of us got out alive.

Two very different stories: She was young, uneducated and scared. I was older, educated and scared.

Domestic violence can happen to anyone.

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Elisa Schmitz
Yes, Dawn Taylor , domestic violence touches so many of us, despite varied socio-economic situations. I'm sorry for what you went through. You are not alone. Thank you for sharing this and shining a light on an all-too-pervasive issue.
Dawn Taylor
Thank you Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds It is sad that so many think it only touches certain people, and they have that 'not us' mentality. But, this problem is rampant among all populations.

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