I lived in an abusive relationship for 9 years. My partner is a very successful business man. We have two children.
For years, I stayed because I wanted my kids to grow up in a home with a mother and a father. But, his abuse became too much. He was controlling, demanding, and living with him was always so hard. So, I left. But living on my own was hard, too. So, I went back to him - twice. Each time, it was as bad or worse than the time before, even though he said it would be better.
When I was pregnant with our second child, I decided to leave again, but I knew I had to wait until I could work. The abuse kept getting worse. I made up my mind to leave and talked with a friend who helped me. She helped me and my kids move into an apartment and get a car.
The rent for the apartment is expensive. Life is hard for me and my kids, even though I work two part-time jobs. It's hard to find a full-time job, because of the cost of childcare. Many times, I felt like I couldn't make it. I even thought about going back.
Then, I heard about The Women's Advocacy Center. They have helped me so much! Without them, some months I could not have paid my rent. Another time, they helped me get my car fixed. They also helped me get groceries for my family, keep my lights on, have diapers for my baby, and so much more! They have made a difference in my life by caring for me and my children, praying for us and by encouraging me. Now, I want to help other women. Now, I know I can make it. Now, I am learning to trust God and have hope, because of the women at The Women's Advocacy Center.
*Not her real name.