I ﬁrst came to Susan B. Anthony Project in 2007. I was abandoned by my husband, the father of my then six year old son, and had been struggling to provide a safe place for us to live. I had no car and no license. I had no money. I eventually started dating again and
moved in with my boyfriend. I was happy to ﬁnally have a family and a place to call home again.
It soon became clear that my boyfriend was an alcoholic. He would drink and scream and yell at me. He would keep me up all night. He was very mean and controlled everything including all of our ﬁnances. I felt like I lost any freedom I had left. Then, one day he told me to leave. I had no money and no place to go, but the lease was in his name, so I had no choice.
I used to pass by Susan B. Anthony Project on my way to the grocery store, and I always noticed the words SAFETY, HEALING, GROWTH on the sign out front. Those words stuck with me. I decided it was time to go in.
I spoke with a Susan B. Anthony Project advocate about going into a new program called the Transitional Living Program, or TLP, but it was full. We talked a lot about how to be safe, and I joined a group called the HEART group – Help End Abusive Relationship Tendencies. My self conﬁdence was so low, and I felt very confused about my life. Why did my husband leave us? Why is my boyfriend so abusive? What did I do? I cried a lot.
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