domestic abuse


My mother was a victim of domestic abuse. Except she doesn’t consider herself a victim. She survived 23 years of emotional, verbal and physical abuse while single-handedly raising seven children on her own. She is a survivor. Twenty people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. That is 10 million men and women per year. One in three women and one in four men are reported to have been victims of some sort of physical abuse by a spouse or significant other. My mother’s story is part of an astonishingly large statistic. It deserves to be heard. When she was 17-years-old, her parents arranged for her to marry a man, as was the custom in Indian culture at that time. She had no college career or job to support herself; my father became her everything. She…