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When you leave an abusive relationship, how do you start again? New beginnings can be frightening, exciting, frustrating and confusing -- as well as hope-filled. Join in a celebration of life free from abuse.

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Domestic Abuse: New Beginnings is one of the most important things in my life, because of ABUSE.

A - ability to see abuse for what it really is
B - beginning (more specifically, New Beginning)
U - understanding no matter what your situation might be
S - support that you need to be a Survivor (like ME)
E - encouragement to keep trying and to grow stronger

I believe this board is a true Godsend, and it literally saved my life!!

-- lula3722

From the very first post here many years ago, to now, has been the only place I truly feel safe. I am a survivor who has had many disappointments, but never from Domestic Abuse: New Beginnings. This place is where there is a soft place to fall and pick yourself up again and see that there is hope and a future. Thank you my friends.

-- slockhart100

The boards helped me to not only realize I was being abused and that I wasn't crazy like my ex said, but gave me the support to get out. I realized I didn't want to be stuck in a relationship that was in a downward spiral and be in it 5, 10, 20 years from now. I was able to get out after a year (no kids) and am grateful. I truly feel like I would've ended up in a hospital, or worse. Domestic Abuse: New Beginnings made me realize I wasn't alone.

-- ca_girl3


This board is a safe place to educate, support and assist those who are in abusive relationships. When I came here, I think I was still in some denial as to whether or not I was "truly" being abused. Also, when the time came, women on Domestic Abuse: New Beginnings walked me through the process of getting a restraining order, cheering me on, teaching me now to stay safe, and mostly, let me know I wasn't alone and would get through it all.

-- rlch


I post to Domestic Abuse: New Beginnings because it saved my life.

To the ladies of this board:

I was beaten, and you said it wasn't my fault;
I was scared, and you assured me I wasn't alone;
I was confused and you gave me practical advise;
I was against divorce and you told me God doesn't want me abused;
I was afraid for my children and you gave me courage to get them help;
I was lost and you helped me find counsel;
I was threatened and you showed me how to find help;
I was afraid for my very life and you encouraged me to get out;
I was unable to find a place to go, and you helped me find a shelter;
I was afraid to start life over, and you held my hand and gave me hope.

Jesus said that if you do these things to the least of His children, you do this for Him.

God bless all of you!

- Free for 2 years, 7 months and 3 days

-- ihailmary


Among Domestic Abuse: New Beginnings I can speak of things our world still considers unspeakable. I can tell the truth and be believed. When I first found the board I couldn't safely face all I'd been through, and that was okay. I've embraced the reality, named the crimes, asked hard questions, and it has always been okay. Without this group my post-divorce life would be little different from my marriage. You've truly helped my find my strength and sanity.

-- cl-gonnabefine

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