I Am

I am... not just a victim, and more than a survivor.

Survivors are so much more than the trauma they have endured. Learn about the unique strengths, gifts and resilience of individuals who have experienced domestic abuse through the words and artwork shown in this blog series, in response to the question:

“What words describe who you are beyond the trauma you have experienced?”

 

I Am a College Degree Obtainer by Wilson Shantae

I Am a College Degree Obtainer by Wilson Shantae
November 26, 2019

I Am a college degree obtainer

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I Am Truly Blessed by Alesa Leach

I Am Truly Blessed by Alesa Leach
November 7, 2019

When I was young, I saw my father abuse my mother and his other wives but he never physically abused me and even though my father abused them, he could never do any wrong!

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I Am by Amika Clark

I Am by Amika Clark
November 6, 2019

I AM more than my bruises

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I Am waking up from dreams

I Am waking up from dreams
November 6, 2019

I am from blue skies, skinned knees, and road trips, laid out in the back of a wood-paneled Chevy station wagon.

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I Am Free From Fear by Sandra Campbell

I Am Free From Fear by Sandra Campbell
October 21, 2019

I will no longer live in fear

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I Am Sandra Campbell

I Am Sandra Campbell
October 21, 2019

I am fearfully and wonderfully made

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I AM Galen Cromartie

I AM Galen Cromartie
October 21, 2019

I am more than your stereotype

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I AM Tasha

I AM Tasha
October 17, 2019

Almost 6 months into our relationship the first hit happened.

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I am a survivor of domestic violence.


“I didn’t know that I was being abused...

I am a survivor of domestic violence.


“I didn’t know that I was being abused because my definition of abuse looked different. My husband pushed me, but most of my suffering was verbal and psychological. I left my husband to protect our young daughter. Almost immediately I felt the weight of his oppression begin to lift. I could see a difference in my daughter as well. Then he broke into my home and assaulted me in-front of her.

I sought help and was led to Safe Harbor. My daughter and I are in counseling now. I am sorting out the mess that abuse has caused. I am finding my voice and seeking opportunities to grow and better my life as well as my daughter's. She will gauge her self- worth from my own self- worth. I must show her that she deserves the best, by expecting the best for myself. Many years I suffered in silence. By telling my story and being honest with friends and family I’m taking control of my life again.”

- Beth

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