Experience the Struggle of a Domestic Violence Survivor
Santa Fe, New Mexico – October 2018 – People often say about women who are the victims of domestic violence, “Why don’t they just leave.” After watching Peggy’s Story on Healing Voices – Personal Stories’ website at www.hv-ps.org or at YouTube.com. you will understand why women don’t just leave. Often, they can’t because of financial and familial obligations. Also, they have been taught by their abuser that they cannot survive on their own.
Healing Voices – Personal Stories is a Santa Fe non-profit that has produced seven short films in which domestic violence survivors tell their stories. The films can be streamed for free at their website www.hv-ps.org.
The purpose of Healing Voices – Personal Stories’ films are to create awareness about the insidious nature of domestic violence and to connect with individuals in a domestic violence situation providing them hope and encouragement to leave their abusers.
Peggy’s story is not uncommon. She was a successful, upper middle-class wife and mother who co-owned a thriving business with her husband. She had the perfect life . . . on the outside. At home she was terrorized for fifteen years before she finally left with her son and a few belongings.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and, as such, is a time to learn more about the people whose most intimate relationship is an experience of terror. According to the Partnership Against Domestic Violence, almost one out of five or 16.3% of murder victims in the U.S. were killed by an intimate partner; women account for two out of three murder victims killed by an intimate partner. New Mexico has ranked among the tenstates with the highest rates of women killed by men six times during the last decade.