Survivors of domestic violence speak out

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Thousands of people suffer from domestic violence every day. While some are able to survive and escape the relationships, others experience severe injuries or even die at the hands of their abusive family members or significant others. By speaking up about the realities of domestic violence, people can work together to help combat it. Several survivors of domestic violence took to Whisper, the popular app that provides an anonymous platform for people to share their most honest thoughts, to speak up about their trauma and experiences.

Leaving the relationship is so much easier said than done:
I'm a survivor of domestic violence No one ever understands how hard it is to leave a domestic violence relationship unless they have been in one themselves.

Even after the relationship ends, the fear may continue:
I am a survivor of domestic violence and I still live in fear

The trauma can take years to subside after so much abuse:
I'm a domestic violence survivor. Dealt with it for 7 long years. The memories, flashbacks, and nightmares haunt me everyday but I pray I will see the light again.

It can be difficult to start a new relationship after ending an abusive one:
The hardest part about dating after my marriage is telling them I am a survivor of domestic violence.  No one wants to deal with that.

People sometimes blame themselves for taking time to escape the abuse. It's not their fault:
I left him after 14 years of domestic violence. I feel dumb that it took so long.

The aftermath can make people feel lost and alone:
I survived domestic violence but the biggest struggle is finding myself again

It's empowering to finally get the justice one deserves:
Today I put my soon-to-be ex husband in jail for domestic violence. I finally had the guts to do it.

Sometimes, though, telling the truth can increase the fear:
I finally got the guts to report the domestic violence from my ex husband who is the father of my children. I think it's made my anxiety worse

Nobody understands the situation until they're in it:
I'm proud to say I'm a domestic violence survivor. I get upset when people say I am stupid for staying as long as I did. No one knows how much it consumes every part of your life.

The abuse can cause long-lasting PTSD:
I am a survivor of domestic violence,  i suffer from PTSD because of the abuse i suffered over two years

Taking a stand can be the best form of therapy:
Being an advocate as a survivor for a domestic violence organization is the best revenge. I hope it intimidates my former abusers.

Finally getting out of the relationship can feel like finally getting one's life back:
I am finally out of a domestic violence relationship. I can breathe again. Thank you.

But being labeled a victim can hinder the recovery process:
I don't tell people I'm a survivor of two domestic violence relationships because they always look at me like I'm still a victim

The battle towards health and happiness extends beyond the length of the relationship:
I was a victim of domestic violence. Now I choose to be a survivor but I deal with PTSD and trust issues everyday...

It's important to speak up and help others who may not be able to help themselves:
Thousands of people die each year due to domestic violence because they're too scared to speak up. I am a survivor of domestic violence and I am bruised but not broken. I hope I can encourage others to do the same.

Domestic violence is everyone's problem:
I survived domestic violence.  I am still alive. I am safe. I am strong.

It takes a sea of support to combat domestic violence. By working together, it can be done:
I am a survivor of domestic violence. It's been 8 years but I now have my self-esteem and self-worth back. And I know I'm beautiful.

For more domestic violence confessions,​ check out Whisper.

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