Another life changed, thanks to you!
Tina is an intelligent, strong, beautiful woman and mother. Loving her career and happily raising her daughter, the last thing she worried about was the new man in her life. He was charming and attentive. Their relationship progressed and everything appeared to be falling into place. Once Tina and her daughter moved in with him they’d argue occasionally but then, who doesn’t argue? But the arguing became more frequent and he began pushing her around physically and emotionally. Pushing led to hitting…and punching. What began as his concern for her became controlling isolation. She started to believe the awful things he yelled at her. She felt like she couldn’t make it on her own. Tina crumpled into pieces feeling like “he took everything from me.”
Most of the abuse happened out of sight from Tina’s daughter but the bruises, the bare scalp where hair had been, the black eye couldn’t be hidden. The line was crossed for Tina’s daughter when she found her mom with a concussion; her daughter called the cops. The sheriff’s office gave Tina information about the Women’s Center. Doctors told her she was lucky to be alive.
Through programs at both the Women’s Center and Serene Harbor, Tina has her life back. Counseling helped her regain her self confidence and taught her the early warning signs of abuse so she can “make sure this never happens to me again.” Today Tina is in a great place in her life. For those in a similarly abusive situation, she wants them to know “to get out now. There are resources out there. You will end up dead if you don’t get out.”