Meet Our Survivor Mentor Team – Ready to Help You
People who escaped abusive relationships make up our mentor team. Now, these brave souls want to help you find a better path through our Survivor Mentor program here at Verbal Abuse Journals. Meet our survivor mentors – you’re in good hands with us.
Our Mentor Manager
Janet B supervises our survivor mentors team. Her dedication to our clients as a mentor, mentor supervisor, group moderator and manager of our Facebook page shows her great empathy and commitment. Janet is a survivor of domestic violence. She stayed with her abuser for 15 years and has three children with him. Fortunately, she has custody of her children.
Doctors diagnose 1 in 10 women abused by her partner with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In 2011, doctors diagnosed Janet with PTSD due to the trauma in her marriage. She experienced nightmares and flashbacks due to PTSD and has since learned many ways to cope with the disorder. Janet looks forward to sharing what she has learned and helping others on their journey.
Domestic Violence Survivor Mentors Are Here for You
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|Carla C. was lead to become a mentor for domestic abuse survivors after overcoming domestic abuse herself. As a child she was physically and mentally abused by her father. As a young adult her first relationship ended with physical abuse by a boyfriend. After 11 years of marriage filled with anguish and manipulation, she divorced and lives with two adult children and one child in High School. Carla is currently studying Ministry to become a Pastor.
Her goal is to become a motivational speaker to reach women transitioning and to empower youths. Several outreach programs with her church and community depend on her knowledge and care. Carla is also a Prison Ministry Founder. She’s a veteran of the United States Army and so proud to have served her country. Carla recently retired her job to gain experience and education to give her time to a worthy cause of helping others. “People Are Important To Me.”
|Kymberlye is a domestic violence survivor, free of her abusive relationship for over ten years. She knows what it’s like to feel that you’re walking on eggshells all the time. You don’t have to feel this way. There is better waiting for you, and Kymberlye wants to help you discover it! She lived with an alcoholic drug abuser who thought it was his right to break her spirit. Kym suffered depression and physical illness as a result of living with the toxic relationship.
In time, Kym went to counseling and discovered that she stopped listening to her inner voice – the one that warns us about danger. It was then she realized to save herself and her girls, she had to become her own hero. She stopped listening to him. Kym started to listen to her inner voice more, and now she’s ready to listen to you!
|Constance R strives to enlighten people from the youngest to the oldest on the warning signs of abusive behavior.She suffered 20 years of physical and mental abuse as a teenager and as a married adult. As a result, Constance almost completed suicide a couple of times. However, she will never go back there again because she sought help and found help in counseling. She’s treated for severe depression, and life feels much more manageable.
Now Constance realizes that “I Am Somebody!” and she wants to share and give you reassurance that there is life after abuse. Constance says, “God didn’t give up on me, and I will not give up on myself. I can live, I will live, and I am now living. My life, as well as your life MATTERS!”
|Brittany Renee is a mentor for those in need after suffering domestic abuse first hand for years. The emotional, verbal, and psychological abuse she experienced gave her personal insight into the nightmare of domestic abuse.
For so long she lived in denial and confusion with no one to turn to. It is because of this that she wants more than anything to save others from the same fate. What so many need in an abusive relationship is someone to talk to and trust. They also desperately need information and advice that she earned and learned during and after her relationship. Brittany was alone through her abusive relationship … no one deserves that. But with Brittany’s compassionate help, you won’t be alone.
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|Cindy survived domestic violence. After 33 years of abuse, three suicide attempts, severe depression, and PTSD she learned how to live – not just exist! Living with a person who was bipolar and had Parkinson’s Disease presented unique problems. As his mental problems worsened, so did the abuse.
Fleeing to a shelter opened Cindy’s eyes to the severe abuse she experienced. She slowly began to see that she was using denial as a coping mechanism to deal with the daily terror.Finally realizing that asking for help was not a sign of weakness but of courage, she broke her silence and was able to start on the road to healing. She wrote her autobiography entitled Behind The Smile and is now a passionate crusader in the war against domestic violence.
|Lucy survived domestic violence during her marriage of three years but feels the damage will last a lifetime. Her ex-husband physically, mentally, emotionally and financially abused her. She struggled through the court system for restraining orders from him and moved homes, states and jobs to hide from him and his family.
Lucy attended therapy for 3 years after leaving and, although she no longer attends formal therapy, her new husband and friends offer support and encouragement. Lucy K pulled herself back from the edge, from poverty, from depression, from shame – and is proud or herself today.
She is a mentor to offer the support to others that she needed all those years ago.
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|Marie suffered emotional, mental, spiritual, financial, and sexual abuse from her husband during their two and one-half year relationship. Eventually, the abuse turned physical. Marie left after the second physically violent episode and filed for divorce. Although divorced in April 2012, Marie continued to suffer her ex-husband’s abuse emotionally, mentally, and financially.
She completed one and half years of abuse counseling and went to a support group. Marie knew she wanted to help others who are facing abuse and mentoring allows her to do this. She says, “I want to help others and share my experience.”
|Suzanne endured an intensely emotional, psychologically abusive, physically and sexually violent relationship for 22 years. She had three children with her abuser, left and returned three times, and remained hopeful. She thought she could fix him. Finally, their 16-year-old daughter demanded Suzanne “do something” about their abusive home environment. Her demand made Suzanne realize how severe their situation had become. They called the police during the next beating. The police arrested Suzanne’s husband. Suzanne, with her three kids, moved to a suburb and started life over again.
Today, Suzanne is a survivor advocate, public speaker, confidence coach and trainer, Junior Achievement volunteer teacher and founder of Hot Jam Media Magazine with a following over 11,000 strong. She advocates for human rights and freedoms, regardless of how people choose to classify themselves.”Everybody…is somebody.”
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|Laurie E. works to bring attention to abusive behavior and how to recognize it for what it is. Formerly married for almost 30 years, Laurie wants to help and educate others about abuse. She wants you to know that you must learn to do what is best for you. We are all, each one of us, deserving of a life free of control, anger and abuse, whether it is physical, emotional, or both.
Laurie writes a blog called The Past to The Present about her experience with domestic violence from her MS afflicted husband.
|Denise Denise was lead to become a mentor and advocate for sexual abuse and domestic abuse survivors after a friend helped her recognize she could have a better life for her and her four children. After realizing how much God loves her, years of counseling and a support system, Denise knows that she is healed and delivered from domestic violence and abuse. In everything Denise does her focus is on inspiring, educating and helping survivors and teens. She has a jewelry line, Sky Custom Designs, that also has jewelry for domestic violence, sexual abuse and teens line which some of the proceeds goes to a shelter.
Today, Denise is writing a book about her own experience with domestic violence and sexual abuse as child and beyond. Love Doesn’t Have to Hurt will be released late 2015 or early 2016. She also volunteers her time with domestic violence organizations and events. We all can use our wings to fly and help someone use theirs.
|Mary survived in an abusive relationship for 11 years. Like many women, she left and then returned to it many times. In 2003, she left for the last time and filed for divorce. Healing from that claustrophobic, confusing, and terrifying time has been a long process. The re-discovery of her strength and intuition is thrillingly liberating! Mary hopes that as a mentor, she can help kindle the spark for others who have also struggled. There is life away from your abuser, one that is fair and empowered!
Rhonda H I am a survivor of domestic violence. I have been away from my abuser for 22 years now. It was extremely difficult to leave at first. I went back a few times before I was finally strong enough to stay away for good. I wanted to become a mentor because it is my passion to help women to get out of that situation or to help them once they leave to not go back.
|Anonymous Mentors want to help you but are not ready to expose their identities to the world. I am sure you understand why some mentors don’t want to open themselves up to their abusers, families, etc. Anonymous survivor mentors are only anonymous until assigned to you.
Who is next? You? Apply to be a survivor mentor.
|Kellie Jo Holly, Creator of the Survivor Mentor program, worked with hundreds of domestic abuse survivors over the years. It became too much for her to handle alone. She decided to take on some trusted survivors as mentors to help. She’s very proud of the work the Survivor Mentors do.|