Domestic violence (also called intimate partner violence (IPV), domestic abuse or relationship abuse) is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship. This is a website created in order to protect people that may be experiencing domestic abuse. Created by the National Domestic Hotline in Austin, Texas.
Kate Ranta experienced an abusive relationship and one that was moving very fast. She within 3 months was already marrying a guy. When she began to understand the abuse she left him. But ended up caving when she realized she could not take care of the life they established in Florida. Eventually, she left him again after an altercation between him and her son. Months pass and her abuser came to her apartment and shot her and her father twice. She was left with ptsd from the shooting and her son is depressed from the intensity of the situations. By Melissa Jeltsen 09/12/2014 07:57 am ET Updated Sep 12, 2014
Lisette Johnson, unlike many others was married to her abuser for 2 decades before he was no longer a factor in her life. Most of the abuse she felt from him was emotional until she once and for all decided that she was going to leave him. The following day when she returned home, he shot her twice then killed himself. Their two children witnessed everything and now suffer from depression, anxiety, and panic attacks. By Melissa Jeltsen 09/12/2014 07:59 am ET Updated Sep 12, 2014
This story is about a women named Gabbe Rowland. She experienced multiple encounters with being abused and was dramatically shamed by her abuser when he made her give oral sex to his dog as a form of black mail. He also tried to kill her, rape her, and on countless times, drug her. Fortunately, she got away. But was she ever psychologically the same again? By Melissa Jeltsen 09/12/2014 07:59 am ET Updated Sep 12, 2014