Valentine’s Message: Melani

This message was shared with us by Melani, a survivor of domestic abuse and a former SafeLives Pioneer

I remember  being happy to work a late shift on Valentine’s Day when no one else wanted to because they wanted to be at home with their husbands.

I thought, because he told me to think…. that I should feel happy that he was still there, in the house, living with me and our sons, because he had so many better options.

Now I know myself and our boys were his best option… only he didn’t deserve us, he hurt me and let his children down.  His violence and abuse did that.

Now I can’t wait to spend those special days with my new husband and my now grown up sons love being with their partners on Valentine’s Day.

If you prefer to work this Valentine’s Day because you are scared at home, tell someone, ask them for help to escape.  You and your children deserve to feel safe at home.

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