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Here are more words from the survivors:
Jessica Lynn McClellan
Founder & President of Giving Hope & Help Inc.
If you are experiencing domestic violence, which can be physical, verbal, emotional, financial or any type of controlling behavior from the person you are in a relationship with, I’d like to ask you to ask yourself the following questions:
- Is this how I want and deserve to be treated?
- Does this relationship serve me and support my dreams and goals?
- Don’t I deserve to be loved and appreciated?
- Don’t I deserve to be treated with dignity, respect, love and kindness?
- Shouldn’t I be happy with my life and the person I share it with?
- What is it going to take for me to put myself first?
- What if he or she kills me?
- Who will be hurt and devastated if my life is taken by my mate?
- What do I want to live and thrive for?
- Aren’t I worthy of the best?
Once you have transparently and truthfully answered these self discovery questions carefully examine your answers and write them down as affirmations, for example:
- I deserve a relationship that supports my dreams and goals.
- I desire to share my life with a person that loves me unconditionally for exactly who I am.
- I desire to share my life with a person that I respect, admire, appreciate and love.
Now that the vision for yourself and relationship goals are written, begin to make the vision a reality. Seek help to start an escape plan.
Contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at: 1-800-799-SAFE for confidential help.
Contact local domestic violence shelters to seek help. You do not have to live in a DV Shelter to take advantage of/participate in some of their support classes and events.
Follow Giving Hope & Help, www.givinghopeandhelp.org and on social media as well as other organizations that advocate to end domestic violence. Support those organizations with your time, gifts and or financial contributions. Give to others the help that you have received to live your best life.
Last but not least, set yourself free , free to be you, free to share your story, free to live, love and inspire others by sharing your story from bondage to freedom.
Surgical Nurse at The University of Kansas Health System
💜 The abuse you are experiencing is maddening as hell! Trying to make sense of it all is confusing as hell! Self love and healing after being beat down is hard as hell! The thought of safely planning your escape, how you are financially going to make ends meet, and care for your kids is scary as hell! Telling anyone and asking for help can be embarrassing as hell!
Face the storm head on NOW! Peace is on the other side, make the jump! You don’t have to do it on your own! Ask for help! Support is out there! I’ve never heard a survivor say, “I wish I would have stayed longer!” God’s got you, and you’re HELLA WORTH IT!!!
💜This quote put fire in my soul and is now my mantra. “I raise up my voice – not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard.” ~Malala