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Survivor Stories

  • Survivor: Gus Brock

    Not many male survivors step forward. This truck driver was surprised to find support when he did | If you had to pick a domestic violence survivor out of a crowd, ... read more

  • Survivor: Kate

    After four years of verbal abuse, she didn’t predict her partner would attempt to murder her | Kate—not her real name—had her story splashed across newspapers, and th... read more

  • Nobody Would Have Been Surprised If I Had Died

    She says everyone knew she was living with an abuser growing up. No one intervened | It starts somewhere. It starts in the home. I know what a mass shooter can look... read more

  • DomesticShelters.org Book Club: Crazy Love

    Our first selection is Leslie Morgan Steiner’s best-selling memoir of narrowly escaping abuse with her life | Welcome to the DomesticShelters.org Book Club. Hopeful... read more

  • Survivor: Michele Weldon

    She put nine years of pain into prose and sold nearly 100,000 books | Michele Weldon had a doting boyfriend in her 20s. So doting, in fact, that he wanted to know ... read more

  • The Good Wife

    Forced to marry a stranger at 16, she spent a decade being isolated, humiliated and assaulted. Then, she planned her escape | When I was a kid, my only goal was to ... read more

  • Survivor Story: Nancy Wilkinson

    ‘I thought he was a gift from God. Then he tried to kill me.’ | Nancy Wilkinson has never been in a healthy relationship. “I’ve been married four times and ev... read more

  • Survivor: Christopher Anderson

    Severe neglect and abuse as a child sent one man on a lifetime journey of healing | Christopher Anderson grew up with domestic violence, but not the paradigm experien... read more

  • Survivor: Suzanna

    After escaping abuse, my ex began to cyberstalk me | After 13 years of marriage to a man who would eventually be diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder, I... read more

  • Forbidden Food

    When abuse includes forced starvation and malnutrition | One of the great things about being an adult versus a kid is we get to make our own choices. We can wear wh... read more

  • When Survivors Are the Criminals

    In trying to prevent their own murders at the hands of their abusers, two survivors found themselves behind bars | Kim Dadou spent 17 years in prison for fatally sh... read more

  • Withholding Intimacy Can Be Abusive, Too

    Another type of sexual abuse includes using sex to taunt, control a victim | Michele Weston describes herself as “a smart girl with a college degree” who, for a whi... read more

  • Survivor Story: Mimi Ortiz

    I was in denial until my abuser took me hostage | It started out like any normal relationship, with the dating and the dinners. But it moved quickly and the abuse s... read more

  • Survivor Story: Mildred Muhammed

    'I was married to the D.C. Sniper' | In October 2002, a series of related shootings throughout Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. were carried out by 4... read more

  • Running for Her Life

    One survivor tells how running helped her heal after almost losing her life to domestic violence | Liane Daniels took up running in high school, but life got in the... read more