As October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I would like to share with you my daughter's story. This was a very difficult time for our family, and I know it is not an easy story to share, but my daughter really loves to write; she's found healing in it as many of us do. She wants to share her story to help other women/girls who are experiencing violence but she has no platform from which to share her story and reach the audiance she wants to reach, so I'm offering my platform to help her share her story in her own words. I know sharing her story is good and healing for her, and we hope it will help someone else as well. Here is my daughter's story in her own words that she very much would like to share with you.
My name is Brittany and I am an Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) survivor. Domestic violence is the most underrated crime reported. One in four women are affected by this violence at the age of eighteen years or older. I was nineteen years old when it happened to me. I remember it vividly. My boyfriend had just broken up with me and my abuser messaged me. He had a way of making himself seem charming and funny. We had talked before but nothing came of it, so I didn't think much when he contacted me. He made me feel better about my boyfriend breaking my heart. Within three months of my ex breaking up with me we were dating. I wish we never had. I was in college, I had a job, I had a car, and I had a roof over my head. All of it was ripped from me. I'll explain.
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