Today, we are grateful for the opportunity created by the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention, Mary Kay Foundation, TJX Foundation and other donors who make possible our free crisis counseling, emergency assistance and support groups for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence. We are grateful and humbled to witness the courage victims find within themselves and among one another in our Beautiful Women group to become survivors as they move on from abuse to healthier, safer lives.

One such courageous woman in our program shares some of her new perspectives that The Grass Is Greener.

Hubby, hubby, I chose you to be with me for all days. I gave up my hopes and dreams to be with you! But you were not there; conceiving the babies was the only thing we shared. I should have walked the first time I found myself staring down the end of that double barrel of yours! The second time you caused me to miscarry. Again I chose to stay.

I said I loved you, but you showed no love. You made me walk looking at the floor in cars, shopping in stores. You made me feel like women were bad. You have hit, punched and kicked me like a man. You have put me down and never treated me like the lady that I am.

I made your dreams come true. I did everything for you. I fed, potty trained, taught, read to and watched our boys’ first steps while you were out playing with your friends. I taught respect while you and your family offered torment. How could you?

Hubby, hubby, you are no longer the monster in our life! My eldest is making A’s and the youngest is proceeding well. I look forward to many more happy days. I am away from you my 6th and final time. I have been with you since I was 17 1/2 and now I am heading down the 30th’s path. I feel more alive than I have in 12 years.

You know how everyone says the grass is not greener on the other side? In my case, it is. For any victim of domestic violence, there is only one way: leave and move up. Male or female, any color, shape or size, we all deserve to be happy.

For more information on help for domestic violence and abuse at Walden, please contact our 24-hour hotline at 301-863-6661.