Kelsey’s Story, Part 4

Part 4

Kelsey’s Story appeared in five weekly installments: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5.

Empowerhouse offered me support in the way of support groups. I was able to meet & make friends with other victims of domestic violence at these support groups.

I met with Susan, my court advocate, again & again & she was the first one to open my eyes to get an understanding of what Domestic Violence is & the power & control wheel. It may sound strange but I mean it when I say the abuse was so severe, I couldn’t recognize it as abuse. I had been conditioned to believe these things were my fault. Susan helped me identify what this was. Not only that, but Susan was with me to every court date regarding the trial of my abuser & subsequently, my divorce. Empowerhouse even helped me get in contact with a local legal practice who assisted me with a protective order.

Empowerhouse even offered me & my children a safe place to go. Can you imagine; a place to go when you’re unsure you have anywhere to go & your only option may be back to the house of horrors you came from? The offer alone was monumental to me. It was the first time in years I had remembered that I am a human deserving of care & safety. It reminded me I DO deserve better & I am worth protecting.

As you might imagine I didn’t have any idea how I was going to manage Christmas for the children that year. Susan offered help and got gifts arranged for my children that year. The night just before Christmas I was wrapping them up, & don’t you know there were even some gifts in there for me? There was a scarf, a candle, even a beautiful bracelet amongst a few other things. Another reminder that I am worth something. I deserve love. I deserve kindness.

They asked me to be a guest at an event they host every year called The Empty Bowl. I met another survivor. I learned there are a lot of people who care. I still have my bowl today. I fuss at anyone who touches it up on my shelf in my bedroom!


This ends Part 4 of Kelsey’s Story.
Kelsey’s Story appeared in five weekly installments:
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5.

If you, or someone you know, is experiencing domestic violence, please call Empowerhouse’s free, confidential 24-hour Hotline at (540) 373-9373.

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