Tag Archives: intimate partner violence

The Eye of the Tiger, Part 3

Chapter 3 – Bargaining A Five Part Series, Part 1, Part 2 I’m not bending tonight But, I’m twisted and turned And broken down But I’m starting to know The sound of something, No one, and yet, Everything. Well if God’s here tonight Are you here tonight? Maybe you could grab me up, Stand me […]

The Eye of the Tiger, Part 2

Chapter 2 – Anger A Five Part Series, Part 1 I’ve an image in my pocket Of some dark demon That temptation brought to life And it chokes all of my breath out I’m scratching and screaming’ ‘Til morning comes to night Melissa Etheridge Numb. Broken.  Angry.  Alone.  Scared. Ashamed.  Guilty. Silent. I had just […]

DVA 2013: Bringing Awareness

There are so many of us, so many. I believe the more we talk about it, the easier it will be for people to hear, the easier it is for people to hear, the more likely we are to really get something done about it. There are so many victims, and the overlap between victims […]

Speaking out is so much healthier than remaining silent

Twenty-three years ago at the age of 18, I was strangled, kicked, beaten, smothered, had my life threatened and my family’s life threatened and had a gun held to my head. The perpetrator was my then 18-year-old boyfriend. I didn’t come from poverty or ignorance (and even if I did, it shouldn’t matter). I was […]

My Story-or how Domestic Violence changed my life

I never thought that writing my story would be so difficult. I am comfortable speaking about my experiences with domestic violence, however, actually putting those times down on paper was a little more daunting than I expected. Looking back at those frightful times I can only thank my higher power that my children and I […]

Entangled with the Devil, Part 2

Part One Eviction number two. I managed to scrape up enough money for a nice place, and we were there a month. I spent almost every night we were in that apartment there alone. With no dependable phone, outside of town, and a building filled with people I did not know. It was made clear […]

An Open Letter to Detective Ben Mitchell

Dear Detective Ben Mitchell, a member of the Family Victims Unit in Greensboro, North Carolina: You contributed to an article written by Joe Gamm and published 7 September in the News & Record on the uptick of homicides related to Domestic Violence: “Domestic violence-related deaths on rise in Greensboro“. I reacted with disbelief to many of the […]

The Pit

When I was about 6 years old, I drew this in class: After my mother passed away in December 2010, I found this picture in a stack of papers my mother had saved. A few months ago, when I showed the picture to a long-time family friend, she laughed from the memory and told me […]