Intimate Partner Violence/ Domestic Violence

I Will Be the One

The main point of my story is the changes that occur within a person… Our parents raise us in a certain way, but we have the power to change and be different. In Chile, we have...

Our actions impact others

I was born and raised in Germany in a patriarchal Turkish household. My parents emigrated there before my birth. At 19, I was arranged married to a relative who mentally and physically...

SPEAK UP

Trigger warning: Before reading this post, please be aware that it contains references to rape and to childhood sexual molestation. I am a 32 year old woman.Growing up in a low class family...

My Love, Why?

My Love, the one I chose to marry. The one I chose to have a child with, to share my life with. To build a legacy with. You raped me. Why? You told me you loved me, that you wanted to be...

Don’t let your past define your future

My story starts as a young girl at the age of seven coming from a dysfunctional family that fell apart from the beginning. A mother who was mentally unstable with five children and a father...

Wife beating

I ran away from an extremely abusive marriage despite everyone including my own parents advising me to endure the pain and be silent about it because according to our culture women should...

Ray’s Transformation

I am a Survivor of family/relationship trauma. Mother was abused by my father for 15 years and I growing up in a home where violence was prevelant swore I would never be a victim. However...

I’m sorry I did not believe her

I’m sorry, I’m so sorry, that I didn’t believe her. I sat back and I watched her wonderful spark fade. I sat there and I watched as her eyes dulled, her tears evaporated, and her...

From Survivor to Thriving Conqueror

I am the managing director at BTSADV, a dv educator in my community, a growing speaker, an empowerment blogger via holistic health at KayLa’s Positivity Corner, and very recent...