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Domestic violence survivor can inspire others

Victims of domestic violence often feel as though they have no hope. The mistreatment they endure often lowers their self-esteem to a point where they have difficulty seeing a future for themselves. Fortunately, there are ways out of abusive relationships. One domestic violence survivor is sharing her story with other New Jersey residents as she pursues her college degree in the hopes that she can inspire others to take the first step to a better life.

The survivor is an officer of the Army National Guard and a mom to four children. She is currently working toward a nursing degree at Rowan College. However, for almost 10 years, she suffered in silence at the hands of her abusive husband. At that time, she was a stay-at-home mom and felt that she did not have the financial resources to leave her marriage.

Getting a job with the New Jersey Army National Guard Medical Detachment changed her life. Her husband was arrested and faced disciplinary action by the military. She filed for divorce and decided to go back to college and obtain her nursing degree. She has plans for her career after graduation that includes working at an emergency department or somewhere she can serve in first-line trauma care.

Those here in New Jersey who read this woman's story may feel as though the same could never happen for them. However, it is possible to leave an abusive relationship, especially with the help of professionals. A victim of domestic violence may want to file a restraining order against an abusive partner, or take other legal action. It may be part of a path forward to a brighter tomorrow.

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