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Sometimes we believe the lie that we’re told growing up that you stay in a relationship that’s abusive because you don’t tell nobody your secrets. You stay in that relationship, you don’t leave your husband, you don’t leave the relationship, you deal with it. That lie can kill you.
Being beat almost every day and seeing my daughter being beat almost every day as well. I felt I had no control or no power.
You deserve so much more than what you think you deserve because love don’t hurt like that.
I decided to take that power back and I made a plan. I reached out for help, I didn’t do it by myself.
I made preparation to leave. I didn’t tell him that I was leaving, I acted like everything was ok that day and I left. I left. And I’ve never looked back. I left. And I’m glad that I left because now I’m able to live my life again in peace and allow love to find me.

Michelle took her power back when she left an abusive relationship. She was able to start a new life that made room for love to find her again.

Let’s End the Cycle

Intimate partner violence, including physical and emotional abuse, is a major issue facing women in the U.S. Less often discussed is the concerning connection to HIV.

If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1−800−799−7233 or TTY 1−800−787−3224) for help.