safe harbor voice

The Lie: “He was charming, loving and a hard worker.”

September 14, 2016

“He only acted this way when he was clean and sober and those days became fewer and further between.”

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The Lie: “He said I was crazy.”

September 14, 2016

“I wasn’t.”

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The Lie: I was with a man I thought truly loved me. He would never physically harm me.

September 14, 2016

“I started showing up to work with bruises.”

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The Lie: I could confidently say that he never hit me.

September 14, 2016

“He had squeezed my arms until they were black and blue, dragged me from one room to the next by my hair, strangled me, shoved me up against walls, and held a gun to my head, but he had never hit me.”

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The Lie: I am just too needy and I nag him too much.

September 14, 2016

“What I was asking from him was not above and beyond the realm of a healthy marriage. The truth was that I was being abused and I did not have to be! I could leave. I am strong. I am of value.”

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The Lie: I am lucky to be with someone like him.

September 14, 2016

“Only my children and I knew the truth. We were living a lie. I spent every day in fear. Our marriage became pure bondage for me.”

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ManUPstate's #Fatherhood Campaign

September 12, 2016

Dads play a pivotal role in their children’s lives, modeling respect, kindness, equality, compassion and healthy living choices that give their sons and daughters a foundation for understanding their own roles in ending violence and promoting respect in their communities.

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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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