Thursday, October 10, 2013

Love does not live happily beside fear. #DomesticViolence

It's an old joke; my husband and I laugh about buying a shotgun when our daughter begins dating. We all want to protect our children from any hurt whether it be physical or emotional. No one messes with our babies!

But sometimes life takes people down a dark path and they can feel helpless.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month.

Ladies, know your worth. Understand that your worth is bigger than you may have ever imagined. You are powerful, strong, beautiful, and have the ability to overcome life's hurdles. Sometimes love sneaks in and turns everything we know upside down. Sometimes, and unfortunately, it is not for good. Love does not mean being told where to go, how to dress, to when to speak. Love does not live happily beside fear. Or manipulation. Or spite.

Carol is a blogger at Birds of a Feather who lost her daughter to domestic violence eight months ago. I am sure she wanted to help, to fight, to save her beautiful girl. I cannot begin to imagine her frustration and pain. Life took a mean course through this family's life, and they are moving on, hoping to spread the word and save others from an end too soon:

You can follow Shaniel's Story on Facebook.

Domestic violence affects 1 in 4 women. It does not discriminate - you could have a suffering neighbor, friend, teacher, or coworker right now. Less than 1% of company-sponsored donations list domestic violence as a subject of interest, yet few things impact so many women each day.
--National Network to End Domestic Violence

If you are personally in a violent domestic situation, please find a safe place and reach out for help.

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